While SAR trains all members in basic rescue skills like rope systems, basic emergency medicine and tracking, not all SAR members will ever climb 5.12 rock, ski 70 degree slopes, or run for miles to clear trail.
When we need specialized skills, we rely on our special teams.
SAR special teams consist of team members with experience and training in areas including:
- Dive (SCUBA)
- ELT (downed aircraft)
- Flat Ice
- Mass Casualty
- Mountain Rescue Team
- Open Water
- Singletrack (motorcycles)
Many SAR teams around the nation only require a few special skills. Other teams may only call members when their specific expertise is needed. One enjoyable aspect of participating on the Utah County SAR team is the need for various exciting skills and the opportunity to learn basic or advanced skills in as many fields as the member wants.
Each team has a sergeant tasked with organizing trainings for all interested team members to keep up on skills and teamwork, keeping up to date on rescue techniques and gear, and submitting budget requests for team gear and training as needed.