and#8216;Stuff the Packand#8217; for Search and Rescue |

and#8216;Stuff the Packand#8217; for Search and Rescue

Corporal Bill Netherby
Special to the Sun
Courtesy Keith TatsukawaNevada County Sheriffand#8217;s Search and Rescue Nordic Search Team training in the Castle Peak area. Front from left: Keith Tatsukawa, Ivan McGurk, Jason Toby, Ken Meyers, Rondo the CARDA dog and Georgene Goodstein. Back row from left: Gary Apple, Torben Eriksen, Jasmine Wevers, Blake Hindman, Jeff Lund, Tony Giacalone and Trent Hignight.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; The Nevada County Sheriffand#8217;s Search and Rescue Team is made up of 120 active volunteers. They regularly put themselves in harmand#8217;s way in order to search for a missing hiker or skier in Nevada Countyand#8217;s sometimes deceptively dangerous backcountry.

These dedicated volunteers put in an average of 20 to 50 hours per month, not including the required 60-plus hours of training required to become and#8220;mission-ready.and#8221; Specialty training requires an additional 40-plus hours.

On top of the training requirements, most members furnish their own equipment at an approximate expense of $1,500, depending upon what they already have. Volunteers are required to drive between 2,000 and 15,000 miles each year for search and rescue-related activities, which can cost up to $4,000 in fuel.

The team is a federally registered, 501 C3 nonprofit organization. All donations received pay for equipment, supplies and training. With the countyand#8217;s budget issues, maintaining the teamand#8217;s equipment cache is done so almost entirely through donations from the public, who generously support us.

We are holding a and#8220;Stuff the Packand#8221; fundraiser. This idea came from the firefighters and#8220;Fill the Bootand#8221; fundraisers. We held a similar fundraiser in the Grass Valley/Nevada City area in June of 2011 and it was overwhelmingly successful.

The fundraiser will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Truckee at both The Gateway Center (Safeway, Rite-Aid), located at 11529 Donner Pass Road and The Crossroads Center (CVS, SaveMart), located at 11399 Deerfield Drive. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions along with the K-9s and handlers. Equipment will also be on display.

Please come out and support your search and rescue team. For information, contact me at 530-265-1713 or visit

and#8212; Corporal Bill Netherby is the search and rescue/volunteer coordinator for the Nevada County Sheriffand#8217;s Office

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