Search & Rescue Needs You!

It's time for Georgia Gives Day 2017 and you have the opportuity to support our volunteer first responders!

Keeping park guests safe and protected is key to Friends' mission. Every year, Friends provides specially trained members of the DNR Search and Rescue Team with equipment and certification training in order to respond to emergencies throughout the Georgia State Park System.   Friends also provides Lost Prevention courses and programs to help preclude unfortunate incidents. 

Our Chapters
At the local level, more than 50 chapters work with their respective sites to support individual projects and programs.  Friends of DNR Search and Rescue strive to keep all of Georgia's parks and guests safe and protected. Friends purchase equipment and fund the training necessary for first responders, such as High Angle Rescue Training, Swiftwater Rescue Training, and Wilderness First Responder Certification and Re-certifications.

Your support on Georgia Gives Day will help us provide:
·       Certification for Team members
·       Rope for cave and canyon rescues
·       Comprehensive medical kits
·       GPS navigational systems and walkie-talkies for rescues
·       Laptop computers with navigational software
·       Terrain Navigational Software Systems
·       Cartridge guns with canisters for ejecting rope lines for swiftwater rescues
·       Litter for carrying out injured guests
·       Incident command boards with T-cards
·       Carabiners with grips
·       Bandannas for Lost Prevention courses and training
·       Wilderness First Responders Training

Friends is entirely supported by our members and donors.  You can add your support now by becoming a Friends member or by making a donation.
Our Results
The story below outlines the training, coordination, equipment and confidence it takes for a rescue:
Cpl. Kevin Dyer and RFC Anne Britt responded to a recent call about an injured hiker at Tallulah Gorge State Park. The hiker was on the bottom of the gorge with a leg fracture. Park Manager Danny Tatum requested assistance from the LE Division Aviation Unit to long line the injured hiker out of the gorge. When the helicopter, piloted by Major Doc Watson, arrived on scene, Cpl. Dyer and RFC David Webb prepared the long line basket to pick up the injured hiker. At the bottom of the gorge, EMS and Danny Tatum got the victim into the basket and he was flown back to the landing zone and relayed to a Habersham EMS ambulance. The victim was then transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Another successful mission by LED Aviation and the Search and Rescue Teams from LED, the Parks Division, and local emergency services. Outstanding and professional work by all involved!