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This week’s search response by the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad is a good reminder of Ketchikan’s solid volunteer spirit.
Late Wednesday evening, KVRS volunteers once again headed up Deer Mountain to search for a hiker reported as overdue. On Thursday, the hiker was contacted on the mountain by another KVRS team, which located the hiker with a group of people. The hiker, who was OK, hadn’t filed a trip plan and wasn’t carrying a SPOT emergency locator beacon.
We appreciate that Ketchikan has an entity like KVRS that has volunteers able and willing to respond on short notice to try to find someone reported as missing.
The group has been involved with 18 responses in 2019 thus far. Some responses, such as this week’s response on Deer Mountain, have been straightforward, with optimal outcome. Others have proven more difficult circumstances for volunteer responders. We’re grateful that KVRS exists, and that its volunteers train to provide assistance when, where and how they can.
It’s a volunteer ethos that‘s evident in many ways throughout the Ketchikan community. As we’ve noted many times before, Ketchikan’s great and continuing tradition of volunteer service makes this town a finer place in which to live, work and play.
One more thing. All of us who spend time in the great outdoors can help — both ourselves and groups like KVRS — by being smart and considerate. Be prepared with proper clothing, gear and communications equipment before you go; and let a trusted someone know where you plan to go and when you plan to return. Take along a SPOT beacon, which are available for loan at the Ketchikan Public Library, Ketchikan Visitors Center and Alaska State Troopers. A bit of preparation and consideration on our part can help conserve the resources of an entity like KVRS, allowing them to respond with precision if misfortune does strike.
Who knows? The life saved could be yours.