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04/18/06 - Lufkin

Search and Rescue

by Jessica Cervantez

The Air Force is in charge of all search and rescue efforts in the United States, which is why Eric Steward came all the way from Virginia to teach an inland search and rescue course, to K-9 search teams, emergency management teams and others. Steward has one goal as he teaches the class.

Eric Steward, the director of inland search and rescue, said, "Give some search tool and techniques to go out there and find the missing boy, girl, or missing person faster. Because if they find them faster, the chances of finding them alive are a lot greater."

No matter for what instance they have a search and rescue operation, they know time is of the essence. In East Texas, we occasionally see rescue efforts.

Kathy Clark, a canine handler with the East Texas search and rescue, said, "Kind of sporadic, we will get one and then we will get two or three, and they range in different things from children that have gone missing to Alzheimer's patients that have gone missing."

Using probability and statistics, the search group is able to know approximately where they should continue their effort. The hardest part of their job is knowing when to stop the effort.

Frank Lester, Idaho division of aeronautics for the dept. of transportation, said, "That is a difficult question, there have been cases because of resources and time, the probability of survival go down after resources are diminished."

If you ever find yourself looking for a missing person, Steward's advice, keep hope.
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