Search and rescue volunteers needed in Washington County

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HURRICANE, Utah (News4 Utah) – In Washington County the total number of Search and Rescues continues to increase. Sargent Darrell Cashin has been on Search and Rescue for nearly 25 years, and he said within that career 2017 has had one of the highest numbers of rescues he’s seen.

“In 2017 we had 102 rescues and comparing that to 2016, we had only 85 rescues,” said Cashin.

Cashin said with the population and tourism growth in Washington County, they’re preparing for just as many, if not more, in 2018. There have already been two rescues since the year began.

“Multiple times we’ve had three rescues in a day, sometimes going on at the same time,” said Cashin.

The rescues are done by trained volunteers, and much of the equipment is donated by civic groups in the area, but with the increased numbers Cashin said he’s worried.

“It puts somewhat of a strain on the volunteers being called out that many times,” said Cashin.

More volunteers are needed.

“If you are interested in helping and you have some skills, some ability and a fairly flexible schedule, please put in an application. I’d like to increase our ground teams and also our dive team this year, but we’re always open to whatever skills people have and they’re willing to donate,” said Cashin.

Cashin said it takes resources from multiple organizations and volunteers, but to him – it’s worth it.

“It’s really, when it comes down to it, it’s about saving lives. Making a difference in someone’s life today,” said Cashin.

Sgt Cashin encourages anyone to go to the state’s website HERE to buy a Search and Rescue Assistance Card. You can also apply to be on Washington County Search and Rescue HERE

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