Cherokee Search and Rescue looking for volunteers
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Cherokee Search and Rescue Squad Leader Randall Flint checks an area for foot prints that might lead the team in the right direction to find a lost hiker during a mock search June 22. <br> Staff/Todd Hull
Cherokee Search and Rescue Squad Leader Randall Flint checks an area for foot prints that might lead the team in the right direction to find a lost hiker during a mock search June 22.
Staff/Todd Hull
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By Michelle Babcock

mbabcock@cherokeetribune.com

The Cherokee County Search and Rescue Team is looking for volunteers to assist the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office with searching for missing, lost and injured people.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Chief of Special Operations Darrell Mitchell said the Search and Rescue Team is looking to find about a dozen volunteers who want to train for searches.

“We recruit people from inside the county first,” Mitchell said. “You need to be healthy, you need to like outdoor stuff, and you’ve got to be able to walk. … We’ll do all the training and everything for you.”

Mitchell said the team is always looking to recruit, but that they are specifically looking to put together a group of people for training right now. Mitchell said that the CCSAR assists Cherokee emergency personnel with searches and helps other search teams when called on.

“We basically have 30 available slots; it’s an all-volunteer team,” Mitchell said. “We’re looking for about a dozen applicants.”

Mitchell said anyone who is healthy and wants to help people would make a great volunteer. The volunteer CCSAR team is part of a special operation through the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.

“We specialize in getting people home,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell works with many rescue teams through the fire department, and has been involved in public safety for more than 30 years. Mitchell said there is a physical entrance exam to become part of the team and more information can be found at the CCSAR website at cherokeesar.org.

Mitchell said the CCSAR team is always accepting applications, but right now multiple openings are available. Applications are available online and there is an email address for interested individuals who have questions.

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