During the three days from August 16th through August 18th, Crater Lake National Park hosted a large multi-agency technical SAR training for several Oregon County SAR teams and park staff.
The training focused on building relationships, exposure to different rescue techniques, and completing safe and effective rescue scenarios in a challenging environment.
Five technical rescue teams participated in the training including Deschutes County, Josephine County, Douglas County, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, and Crater Lake National Park SAR.
The highlight of the weekend included mixing the participating teams into three units which were dispatched to three “live” high angle rescue scenarios staged along the precipitous and crumbling caldera rim. The units then rotated three times throughout the day to each of the rescue scenarios.
The training was a great success and the park expects the participation to grow in future years. The incident commander and organizer for the event was Crater Lake SAR coordinator Jason Ramsdell.