Compassion - Service - Commitment
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team is comprised of about 50 volunteers, from all walks of life, who contribute their time and skills to help others in need. They typically respond to over 100 rescue missions per year. The team members have expertise in many aspects of rescue, including technical (high angle) rescue, low angle rescue, swift-water rescue, open water, dive rescue and recovery, K-9, man-tracking, ice rescue, cave, ELT (downed aircraft), avalanche, mass casualty, evacuations, medical and many others.
Utah County has a vast and varied landscape, which include 5 mountain peaks over 10,000 feet in elevation. Many people are surprised to learn that Mt. Nebo (elevation 11,928 ft), in south Utah County is actually higher than Mt. Timpanogos at 11,751 feet. We have a higher incident rate on Mt. Timpanogos, simply because of accessability and the number of people who visit there. Utah Lake, which is about 25 miles long and 12 miles wide also keeps us busy. The lake covers over 96,000 acres in size. Whether it be a high mountain peak, a lake, a river, a ravine, or people recreating in the the west desert, when the call for help comes in, Utah County SAR responds to help those in need.
Search and Rescue is not for the faint of heart, nor is it easy for the volunteers. Not only do they donate their time and skills, they also pay for their own equipment and fuel. For most, this can certainly be an expensive hobby. Why do they do it? That’s a question you should ask a search and rescue volunteer when you see them. For most, it is simply the reward of making a profound difference in the lives of others. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of others in a positive fashion and you would like to learn more about our team, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Or, you can learn more about us by visiting www.ucssar.org. I am honored to play a part in all that the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team does for others.