Monday, February 29, 2016

Mounted Search and Rescue Holds First Meeting

Volunteers for the Sequoyah County Mounted Search and Rescue Team. From the left, Timothy Burmaster, Clifford Fritts, Jacke Fritts, Mac Moad, "Preacher" Jackie Hardbarger, Devine Guthrie, Mathew Wilson, Christopher Barker, Kelly Moad, and Alex Walker.

The newly formed Sequoyah County Mounted Search and Rescue Team (SCMSAR) held their first meeting on Feb. 27. It was a perfect day for the meeting, according to Mac Moad, SCMSAR organizer. 

Several volunteers were able to make the first meeting, while some volunteers had previous plans. There will be another meeting soon and hopefully allow the rest of the volunteers to get together as well. Moad stated that he believes they currently have 16 volunteers. 10 of which are pictured above.

The official classroom portion of the training will start soon and be held at the Sequoyah County Emergency Management office. There will also be field environment training. Final evaluations will be the confidence and obstacle course for handlers and horses. There will also be a 24 hour mock search and rescue exercise.

"There's an all-around wealth of knowledge and experience with these folks and great people to be around. The mounts are outstanding equine specimens as well," added Moad.

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