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Flagstaff, AZ – Meteor Crater Enterprises is hosting a special day to recognize and showcase Emergency First Responder Personnel and Equipment on Friday, March 29, 2013 beginning at 1:00 p.m. This event was prompted by the rescue of a twenty-eight year-old man of Union City, California who was lifted from the floor of a vertical mine shaft located at the bottom of Meteor Crater. This multi-agency response involved more than 30 rescuers from four different agencies. The rescue lasted more than eight hours in 20 degree temperatures with a wind chill factor of below zero. According to witnesses, the victim voluntarily jumped into the mine shaft and fell a vertical distance of more than 100 feet.
Agencies that responded to this urgent call for help were the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit, the Flagstaff Fire Department, Guardian Air Medical Transport and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue Posse.
During this recognition event, Northern Arizona First Responder personnel will be given the opportunity to staff informational booths that will allow them to tell community members and visitors about the life saving services their agencies provide and to pass along valuable safety information. On Friday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m., Brad Andes, President of Meteor Crater Enterprises will present Coconino County Sheriff Bill Pribil with a check in the amount of $1,000 to assist the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit is managed and coordinated by one full-time Sergeant and one part-time Deputy. Several other Deputies are trained as Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinators. Over 120 unpaid volunteers specially trained for search and rescue operations support the unit. These volunteers have formed an incorporated unit of Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue. Sub-units of the Search and Rescue Unit include the Flagstaff Unit, the Mounted Team, the Mountain Rescue Team and the K9 Team. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit is part of the Northern Arizona Interagency Heli-Rescue Team. The Search and Rescue Unit also receives assistance during training and large missions from other agencies including Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Arizona Snowbowl.
All volunteers attend the SAR Basic Academy. Volunteers and Deputies also receive specialized training in: map and compass navigation, Global Positioning System (GPS) operations, high angle rescue, low angle rescue, ATV/snowmobile/snow cat operations, tracking, alpine operations, personal locator beacons and heli-rescue. We were honored when the Grand Canyon National Park Service recognized the quality of our SAR Navigation program (GPS and map and compass) and recently requested our assistance in training their personnel in these techniques. Each year we have over 100 SAR events that require significant resources. This is on average an event every few days. These events include responses to overdue recreationists, medical rescues, lost hikers and hunters, missing persons, stranded motorists, aircraft crashes, evidence searches, body recoveries, avalanches, technical rescues, management of large planned events and response to disasters. In the last 18 months, we have helped evacuate persons, manage traffic and provide support during record-setting snowfalls, wildfires, floods and tornadoes that resulted in state and federal Declarations of Emergency in Coconino County.
From March 29th through April 7th, all emergency first responders with identification will receive free admittance to Meteor Crater. All emergency first responders’ family members will receive a 50 percent discount off admission to Meteor Crater. Meteor Crater is open 7 days a week and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Volunteers are grateful for the recognition and financial assistance provided to them by Meteor Crater Enterprises.
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Media Contact: Gerry Blair, PIO & Community Programs Planner, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089
Friday, March 29, 2013 TO HONOR EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDERSEvent starts at 1:00 p.m.With Check Presentation at 2:00 p.m.
The emergency first responders thank you event takes place March 29 - April 7, 2013.during this time all emergency first responders (with I.D.) will receive free admission to meteor craterwith family members receiving 50% off admission.
Meteor Crater is open 7 days a week 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Meteor Crater is located off I-40 at Exit 233, Meteor Crater Road, then 6 miles south on the paved road. Phone: 800-289-5898www.MeteorCrater.com