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Trooper Times

Eight years ago, a visitor in the Ketchikan area pressed his “help” button on his personal beacon after breaking his leg at a lakeside cabin. The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad flew to the GPS coordinates that accompanied the beacon activation, saving both the injured man and searchers valuable time in getting him needed care. This compelled KVRS to start a free beacon loaner program aimed at cutting down response time for rescues. This loaner program, one of the few in the state, is beneficial for both the adventurer, who could be in a precarious life or death situation, and rescuer, by cutting down the time volunteers are exposed to elements and terrain during a search and rescue. It also greatly reduces the cost of a search for the volunteer organization that relies on donations to pay for rescues that it provides free of charge. Read Full Story