With the stories and blog posts we’ve had about caving, I was given some information that might be of interest to people who would like to learn search and rescue techniques in caves.
This is a highly specialized version of search and rescue, but as we have seen lately, it’s one that is needed in Oklahoma. Much thanks to Bill Becquart and Curtis Foote for passing along this information. Have a read:
WHAT: Cave Search And Rescue (SAR) Workshop, Aug. 28-29 (16 hours over two days).
Oklahoma has many caves which are used for recreation and scientific research. This introductory level workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the special problems that might be faced by responders conducting search and rescue operations underground. Emphasis is placed on not just the safety of the rescuer, his team, and the patient, but also the protection of the fragile cave environment.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Anyone interested in cave search and rescue; grottos and cave organizations; SAR personnel needing a refresher; emergency response personnel and managers; community members and groups with interest in SAR.
WHERE: The University of Central Oklahoma Selman Living Lab.
LOCATION: Near Alabaster Caverns State Park, Freedom.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS ALLOWED: minimum 10, maximum 30.
COST PER PARTICIPANT: $300 per person.
LODGING & MEALS Lodging and six meals provided at the Selman Living Lab.
For more information, contact Dr. Bill Caire at UCO at firstname.lastname@example.org.