Preventive Search & Rescue at North Cascades National Park

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Watch at: 00:00 / 00:00:20all right uh i'm lori ward i'm ceo atwashington'snational park fund um in in our officewe're celebrating thepassage of the great american outdoorsact this weekhuge difference this will have innational parks across the country aswell asstatewide public place spacesif you want more information about it weWatch at: 00:20 / 00:40have an entire page set upon our website you can learn a lot aboutabout the passage and about the actualimpact it will have on our parksi love what i do i love our organizationi've been in the position for nine yearsand we're 23 board members strong greatWatch at: 00:40 / 01:00staffof seven smart capable people runningthe organization with support from theboardwe work extremely closely with ournational parks wepartner the superintendents actuallyserve on our board asadvisors to the organization and we worklike i said very closely with them aswell as their their entire staff as weWatch at: 01:00 / 01:20set out to raise funds for park priorityprojects that are set by the parks eachyearuh and we work on that throughout theyear we started these virtual fieldtrips inmarch just because we knew that this wasgoing to take a while and we wanted tostartbringing the parts to the people theWatch at: 01:20 / 01:40response has beenincredibly positive and and we're gladyou're all with us todayuh our vision at washington's nationalpark fund is tosee our parks remain strong and vibrantyouthful and everlasting that's that'swhat guides usas we go so with that i want to mentionthat we've been funding a lot of searchWatch at: 01:40 / 02:00and rescue over the yearsthings like uh swift water rescueequipment and communication systemup at camp sherman at mount rainier alot of pubpisar as we call it that preventivesearch and rescueup at north cascades a lot of uhequipment equipment and gear over atWatch at: 02:00 / 02:20olympicit's a real priority for the parks andit's an honor and a privilege really toraise the money for themand help them grow strong in the workthat they doyou're going to hear about some of thattoday with alex brun who's become a goodfriend of mine over the last severalweeksso are your packs ready you have yourlunch or water bottle all set to goWatch at: 02:20 / 02:40let's get on the virtual bus and head upon up to north cascades national parkalex has worked as a mountain ranger atmountaineering ranger excuse meat north cascades since 2017mountaineering rangers specialize intechnicalclimbing patrols search and rescue andWatch at: 02:40 / 03:00assisting visitors who are planningclimbs in the park alex has really hadthefortunate privilege of working in someamazing placesbeyond north cascades he's worked atgrand canyondeath valley yosemite rocky mountainWatch at: 03:00 / 03:20and grand teton national parks a lot ofour favoriteshe says one of the best parts of asearch and rescueoperation is seeing different employeesmost of whom don't work together reallyon too much of a regular basiscome together to help a park visitor waslost orinjured the camaraderie in teamworkWatch at: 03:20 / 03:40is something that alex finds you know inhis words to be awesomei can just imagine alex so national parkservice employees are some of the mostdedicated and hardworkingpeople he has ever met and with that iintroduce and turn it over to you alexthanks for being with usWatch at: 03:40 / 04:00we're grateful and with that you candive right inthanks thanks lori thanks for having metodayum i'm really excited to be here andtalk about some of the excitingum aspects of our job here at northcascades andalso just as we get started i reallywant to say thanks to theWatch at: 04:00 / 04:20washington nash washington's nationalpark fund for umfor providing so much support over theyearswe've definitely benefited a lot fromthat here atnorth cascades so um yeah iwith that um we can get that powerpointstarted and i'm gonnastop uh i'm gonna stop my video justWatch at: 04:20 / 04:40because i'm getting a little lag on myend hereso so you just hear my voiceso yeah um i thought that today we couldtalk a little bitnot only about search and rescue butalsothe mountaineering ranger program atnorth cascades andwhat we do here and how we're trying toWatch at: 04:40 / 05:00work tonot only protect the resource but alsoprovide for public safety because thatis um both of those things areum our main objectives in our in ourprogram hereand we can go to the next the next slideso uh mountaineer rangers or climbingWatch at: 05:00 / 05:20rangers as wecall ourselves we do a really widevariety of things hereand it's what makes the job reallyreally fun and excitingbut so one of our primary duties ispatrolling the high use climbing areasof the park and that involves technicalWatch at: 05:20 / 05:40climbing patrols so usingyou know ropes and climbing gear toascend the peaksand the reason that we do this is wewant to be able to knowwhat the climbers out there are seeingon the ground and what kind of impactsthat they're leaving on the resourceit also helps us um when we do have asearch and rescueWatch at: 05:40 / 06:00we know the routes we know how to getthere we know what to expect if we haveto climbup the route to reach somebody who mightbe injuredand it also allows us to keep ourclimbing skills in in top shapebecause climbing is a big part of searchand rescue we also have acomposting toilet program here umWatch at: 06:00 / 06:20the composting toilets are are essentialto protecting the resourcewithout those we we see a lot of humanwastebeing left in high places and it itdoesn't umit doesn't just decompose on its own sowe have those spread out in thekind of upper elevations of the park andso when we go up to thoseWatch at: 06:20 / 06:40areas for climbing patrols we alsoare monitoring those toilets as well asstirring themthe other main duty is search and rescueand that can come in a lot of differentforms umground evacuations either throughlittersground searching for lost people andWatch at: 06:40 / 07:00thenwe use a lot of aviation here we use alot of helicopterum time i would say and umwe we have a couple differentspecialized helicopter techniques someof which we'lli'll discuss today and then we um all ofour staff are either emts or advancedemtsand that's because we end up spending aWatch at: 07:00 / 07:20fair amount of time withinjured people in the backcountry whilewe're waiting to evacuate them or whilewe're evacuating themand so um that's something that iparticularly enjoyum i attended the national park serviceuhpark medic course which is held infresno california every two yearsand uh as an emt i learned how to startWatch at: 07:20 / 07:40ivs give medicationsand do some more advanced techniquesthat umyou know an emt wouldn't be able to donormally and we work closely with ourphysician advisor here at the parkwhen we're doing those advanced skillsso that's anotherreally cool component of our jobs is themedicine proportionWatch at: 07:40 / 08:00and then the other really big part ofour job isstaffing the wilderness office here inmarble mount we have a robustwilderness permit system they're freeand they are required for any overnightbackcountry trip in the park andso we we not only do we spend a lot ofWatch at: 08:00 / 08:20time in the field we spend a lot of timehere at the officeand we all take turns working at theoffice issuing permitsand that's a good time for us to touchbase with climbers andget information from the field and alsogive out conditions andwe also do a lot of trip planning thereuh via the phone or emailpeople want to talk to climbing rangersthey want to know umWatch at: 08:20 / 08:40what the conditions are like on theseclimbs because the climbs are veryconditions dependentyou got to have just the right amount ofsnow or umthe rock has to be dry that kind ofstuffso and this is a picture from a recentclimbing patrolon the north ridge of forbidden peakthat we just did over the last coupledays and there'll be some more of thoseWatch at: 08:40 / 09:00in this presentation we can go to thenext slideum yeah so we spend most of our time inthe high use areas of the parkof north cascades if you're familiarwith the park knows our boston basinel dorado and mount shucks and that'swhere we see the majorityWatch at: 09:00 / 09:20of the climbing use and so we try to goup there andtalk to various climbers and getconditions report and you can view allthe conditionsuh on our website and we have a climbingweb page on the north cascadesnational park website where you can seethe see the results of our patrolsand we post photos and trip reports andWatch at: 09:20 / 09:40um any sort of you know advicethat you know we want to pass along toclimbers visiting the parkand um hopefully we can play this videoumi took it from the top of sahali a fewyears ago kind ofi wanted to include the video so peoplecould kind of get a sense of whatum what it's like to work in themountainous areas you can see someWatch at: 09:40 / 10:00climbers herethey're approaching sahali and then thisis taken from the top and we'llgive that give that a play here[Music]Watch at: 10:00 / 10:20[Music]Watch at: 10:20 / 10:40oh great umthat's a good video uh of theboston basin area which is one of the uhprime areas in the park for climbingincludes one of the 50 classic climbs innorth americaWatch at: 10:40 / 11:00north american mountaineering so thanksfor sharing that we can umgo to the next slide we won't be playingthe shucks in video todayso um yeah that's what mountaineeringrangers do and now i'm going to focusjust on thesearch and rescue aspect of our programum so what's really coolWatch at: 11:00 / 11:20about search and rescue in the nationalpark serviceis that our own management policies saythatthe saving of human life will takeprecedence over all of their managementactions as the park service strivesto protect human life and provide forinjury-free visits i thought that'sreally coolit's it's kind of the tenet of the wholeWatch at: 11:20 / 11:40program umyou know and it's really and like likelori was saying in theintroduction was you know it's cool whenwe have a major search and rescue wehave some views injured in the backcountryall the different employees um will cometogetherand and and work hard to to help thatperson as best as we canWatch at: 11:40 / 12:00this is a picture from an injured hikerthat we evacuatedum this is just outside of the nationalpark umin actually in forest service land andwe do this quite frequently wewe uh we help with uh search and rescuemissions just outside the parkand um this is a good example of whereum one of the mountaineering rangersWatch at: 12:00 / 12:20went in spent the night with thatinjured personand then i flew in um with some otherrangers and wewe landed and then evacuated that thatperson that's down in the lower rightcorner we can go to the nextslide soWatch at: 12:20 / 12:40as an agency we respond to between 2 000to4 500 incidents annually this reallyvaries year to yearand it accounts for a massive number ofof people hours so it's a bigpart of uh you know most ranger programsthat the bigger parks have a prettyWatch at: 12:40 / 13:00robust star programand even though north cascades we have ashort season here wewithin that short summer season we cansee up to 50 star missions every summerwhich for our staff is a lot umsometimes that'syou know one every week or two to threea week so it can be quite it can feelquite busyWatch at: 13:00 / 13:20because we just don't have a we don'thave a large staff herebut that being said when we do have themwe do have some prettycomplicated um sophisticated rescuesthis is a picture ofa rescue or a mission for a missingperson who fell into thisgiant hole in the snow last year up byWatch at: 13:20 / 13:40cascade passand this is actually looking down fromthe helicopterand that's me at the end of the lineand the helicopter pilot was actuallylowering me into each one of those holesto look for this personunfortunately we were not able to locatethis individual they they weredeceased but um it was a it's a goodWatch at: 13:40 / 14:00example of howthings at north cascades can go from afairly simple callabout somebody who's lost to turn into apretty major sar operation this actuallylasted for two months we um spentlooking for thisthis person um and go to the next slideWatch at: 14:00 / 14:20the other cool part about the nps starprogram is that there's no charge forrescueand i think that's really great becauseuhwe don't want uh we don't want people tofeel like they shouldn't call us becauseit'll be too expensiveWatch at: 14:20 / 14:40and this is a picture of a rescue thatwe did on forbidden peak in 2017to evacuate an injured climber and uh iguess we'll give this videoa playWatch at: 14:40 / 15:00Watch at: 15:00 / 15:20soWatch at: 15:20 / 15:40Watch at: 15:40 / 16:00so um thanks for playing that video um iWatch at: 16:00 / 16:19Watch at: 16:19 / 16:40think it's a great video because itWatch at: 16:40 / 17:00shows one of the specialized helicopterrescue techniques that we use um here atnorth cascades which isa one-skid landing so that pilot wasactually just balancing the helicopteronon its right skid for that entire timeWatch at: 17:00 / 17:20while myself and the othermountaineering ranger unloaded all ofour equipment that we needed for thatrescueso that was that's i think a really uhtestament to the the skill of the pilotsthat umthat we get to work with at northcascades as well as mount rainierbecause this helicopter is sharedbetween the two two parkswe go to the next slideWatch at: 17:20 / 17:40so we've got a whole bunch of differenttypes of sars that weare going to see at north cascadeseverything froma wheeled litter carryout where we'reusing a wheel and like a specialstructure tomove somebody down the trail technicalrope rescueWatch at: 17:40 / 18:00we deal with a lot of overdue reports sosomebody goes hiking and they don't showupum either at work the next day or theyshow up or they just don't show up atall so thenwe get calls from you know concernedfamily members andso that's we do a lot of those uh groundsearching we have a couple of thoseevery summerwhere we're actually out um hiking theWatch at: 18:00 / 18:20trails or hiking through the forestlooking for somebodywe do a lot of helicopter evacuationsjust due to the nature of the terrainhereit's so steep that helicopters are veryimportant getting people outwe do we have a swift water rescue sortof teamand we've uh this summer we actuallyparticipated inso far rescue and then like i saidWatch at: 18:20 / 18:40before we providea fair amount of emergency medical carein remote andaustere environments and go to the nextslideso sar work is really arduousit often happens uh after after we'veall gone home we get called back to theWatch at: 18:40 / 19:00ranger station it's often at nightsometimes it's raining involves a lot ofphysical laborsometimes it involves finding deadbodies which can be pretty unpleasantoperatingemergency response vehicles can bestressfuland then interacting with emotionalWatch at: 19:00 / 19:20emotional and distraught visitorsas well as carrying heavy loads andworking in you know prettyhazardous places but the best part aboutit is working as a teamand and making decisions with limitedinformation and factsis actually a kind of can be a reallysatisfying challenge sometimesso we go to the next slideWatch at: 19:20 / 19:40one of the big parts of being involvedin tsar is risk management and umyou know one of those is making surethat our personnel is preparedand ready to do the job and that's whati'm going to cover in the nextnext slide so we can go to the next oneWatch at: 19:40 / 20:00so the first thing that um our rescuersand our rangershere at uh you know north cascades butthis alsoapplies to all the washington nationalparks isphysical fitness is really important inin these places and these really ruggedWatch at: 20:00 / 20:20parksum and we we need rangers that are arereallyfit and ready to hike long distances anduphill andin the middle of night after not muchsleep or after working a full shift andhere this is a picture of a rescue thatwe did in2018 on the thornton lakes trail didn'tinvolve a helicopter involvedthe wheeled litter that's a pretty steepWatch at: 20:20 / 20:40trail if you if you haven't hiked ityourselfand uh yeah and that actually featuresumone of our rangers from this summerelliott reedum and um he's part of our preventativesearch and rescue programlet me go to the next slideWatch at: 20:40 / 21:00again um one of the ways that we gainthat physical fitnessis through the technical climbingpatrols and this is a picture of rangerwill tarantino he's another um one ofour seasonal climbing rangersand he's also you know part of thepreventative search and rescueWatch at: 21:00 / 21:20um so again thank you to washington'snational park umthis is a picture or not national parksfun this is a picture of whale climbingon uhthe north ridge of forbidden which wejust a patrol we just completed a fewdays agoand go to the next slideWatch at: 21:20 / 21:40the 10 essential system if you haven'theard about it beforeis really important not only forrescuers but also for anybody goinghikingin any of the washington's nationalparksall of them all these parks are reallyrugged have poor weatherand we need to be prepared we're goingto go out in the fieldWatch at: 21:40 / 22:00to do rescues or just to enjoy the parksi'm not going to read through all theseum if people have questions at the endof the program we can answer this thisis something you can certainly googlebut this is something that we carry inour packs when we're on a rescue or justout on a regularpatrol we can go to the next next slideWatch at: 22:00 / 22:20and then we wanted to to add this inhereum you know more and more uhof our rescues the way that they theybegin is we getan a notification from a satellitelocator devicesometimes a garmin inreach or othertypes of satellite devices and we'rejust curiousWatch at: 22:20 / 22:40the ranger staff here is curious howmany people that are listening to thispresentationhow many people do you carry this deviceit looks like there's athere's something on your screen thatyou can click on to answer that questionwe can go to the next slide wheneverWatch at: 22:40 / 23:00you're ready all right looks like uhapproximately about 70 people said theydon'tthey don't take one and 25 aren't surewhat they are andabout 14 umdo carry him so umwe can cover more of that at the end ofWatch at: 23:00 / 23:20the showwe can go to the next slideanother big part of uh being a rescuerisis we use a lot of different specializedclothingspecialized footwear and equipment and ithink this also applies to justpeople hiking in any of the nationalWatch at: 23:20 / 23:40parks in washingtonum these are again like i said over andover uhrugged austere environments where theweather is often poorso um and in this picture you can seethat we wearwhen we're working with the helicopterwe wearsome specialized equipment ourselves weWatch at: 23:40 / 24:00wear flight helmetsnomex clothing which is fire resistantum to protect us in the event of ahelicopter crashwe all have our climbing harnesses onand we each carry a radioum so just as an example some of theequipment that we that we use when we'reworking on a helicopterWatch at: 24:00 / 24:20and um yeah and go to the next the nextslidewe we spend a lot of time training themountaineering rangers herethis is a great photo of again rangerwill tarantinowho's one of our seasonal mountaineeringrangers this summerpracticing technical rope rescue fromlastyear we have a great training site atWatch at: 24:20 / 24:40the gorge creek overlook which is also agreat umfairly short day hike that you can dooff of the highway 20 corridor recommendit to anybodyvisiting north cascades great views oftheof all the various waterfalls andother features of the parkWatch at: 24:40 / 25:00let me go to the next slideone of the special things that we get todo inthis park is uh helicopter short haulandthere's a great photo of that right hererighthelicopter short haul is where a rescuerWatch at: 25:00 / 25:20is attached toa 200-foot line that is thenattached to the helicopter and that waythe rescuer can beinserted into like a cliff environmentand and rescuesomebody who might be injured on on theside of the mountain umit's a really uh effective andrelatively safe way to getWatch at: 25:20 / 25:40our rescuers in and out of what whatcould be really hazardous terrainwhich could take uh sometimes you knowalmosta day or sometimes two days to get tothese mountainous terrainwithout if we didn't have the helicopterand um so weuh we do that with mount rainier theyhave an exclusive use helicopterWatch at: 25:40 / 26:00which means that they actually have acontract with a helicopter vendorfor um 120 days and so we work closelywithboth uh the mountaineer themountaineering rangers at north cascadesor at mount rainier as well as theiraviation staff whenever we do one ofthese missions and we do a lot oftraining in this before wewe do that we have a video here of anWatch at: 26:00 / 26:20act of a short haul training sessionthat we can umshare with everybodyWatch at: 26:20 / 26:40Watch at: 26:40 / 27:00soWatch at: 27:00 / 27:20Watch at: 27:20 / 27:40and um while we go back to thepresentation i want to just add a littlebit of trivia there that i think there'ssomething only like eight national parksWatch at: 27:40 / 28:00eight or nine that have a short haulhelicopter program andnorth cascades is really fortunate tojoin with mount rainierand to to be part of that program it'san essential toolum and it's um it's really cool sowe can go on to the next slideWatch at: 28:00 / 28:20so um uh washington washington'snational parks fund has provided us withuman amazing grant this year forpreventive search and rescueand what is preventative search andrescue it's reallyeducation of the visitor of thevisitors that are coming to the park andmaking sure that they are preparedWatch at: 28:20 / 28:40like we were talking about with likehaving the 10 essentials orhaving the right clothing or equipmentand doing trip planning before you leaveand so we're able to use that grant tohaveseasonal mountaineering rangers herehelping with all those thingsa lot of that we do here at thewilderness office in marble mountWatch at: 28:40 / 29:00through our wilderness permit systemthat's a good time for us to interfacewith park visitors and give them thatinformationbut we also do that through going out inthe fieldand getting good conditions from themountain mountaineering routesthis is a picture of a mountaineeringranger will tarantinoand he's inspecting a repel anchor tomake sure that it's safeWatch at: 29:00 / 29:20and make sure that it's not going tofail when visitors come through becausethat is something that hasunfortunately happened at north cascadesand that obviously can lead to prettyserious um injuries or even deathso we we do that a lot of ways we do itthrough education we do it throughpatrolswe and we really try to get out and talkto as many visitors as weWatch at: 29:20 / 29:40as we can and go to the nextslideso um if you've taken anything away fromthisthis this uh presentation is thatthere's a really dedicated group of ofWatch at: 29:40 / 30:00rangers herenot only just the mountaineering rangersbut our general wilderness rangers ourlaw enforcement staffour interpretive staff that that want tomake sure thatif you're coming to north cascades youcan have a safe trip and you know we'reavailable byuh voicemail by phone emailand um and coming to this office inWatch at: 30:00 / 30:20person and we we want to talk to youaboutwhat you can expect out in the in thebackcountry of north cascadesand make sure you have a safe trip i'mhappy togive you any questions i'm happy to takethose iput my email address on the next slideandso you ever have any questions aboutWatch at: 30:20 / 30:40mountaineering in the park or just wildgeneral wilderness questions backpackingday hiking anything like thatplease don't hesitate to send an emailwe want to reget get out to as many people as we canalex you want to come back on screen nownice jobyeah thanks umWatch at: 30:40 / 31:00chase that footage have you been one ofthose people hanging from thathelicopteruh yes uh-huh many timesi i don't get that i just that's justremarkable it really is remarkable sothank you for what you doi know that we are fortunate in thenorthwest to have a lot ofWatch at: 31:00 / 31:20um like everett mountain rescueand olympic and you rely on them youbring in volunteers quite often to helpoutcan you tell us a little bit about thatand who do you turn to most often i'mbellingham maybe what commentswe yeah we use uh we work with uh skagitWatch at: 31:20 / 31:40mountain rescueuh which is out of mount vernon um acouple times this summeruh bellingham occasionally and then wework closely with umthe uh navy uh whidbey has a helicopterthat we usequite frequently because they can fly atnight it also has ahoist or a winch system so when we can'tWatch at: 31:40 / 32:00use ourthe park service helicopter we oftenrely on on the navy to help us that'sreally terrifica lot of folks online today with us umare some of those volunteers sowe are really grateful and i know youare too too ohthe work that they yeah they're they'regreatall their help yeah if anybody yeah weWatch at: 32:00 / 32:20have some questions coming inuh let's see has this seasonbeen busier than others due to covid 19alex have you seen any correlation thereyou know that's something we'vediscussed among ourselves i can't give adefinitive answer i will say that theweather waspretty poor in june we were all jokingWatch at: 32:20 / 32:39it was januaryup here it was so rainy um so we didn'thave a lot of visitor use in june butonce july hit it's been extremely busyjust in general on the parksum in terms of our sar numbers i'm notsure where we'd stand compared to lastyearum but we've had quite a number of starsthis yearWatch at: 32:39 / 33:00so yeah um how farwill a short haul carry someonehow far can that go oh that's a reallygood questionit really depends on where we can wherewe the helicopter can land and we canattach that rope and so that's we need aplace a flat area where the helicoptersWatch at: 33:00 / 33:20land we can attach the rope and thenpick up the rescuerand fly the rescuer into the to theaccident siteand so we've actually because northcascades doesn't have a lot of flatspotswe've done some what we call long shorthauls where we've been on the end of theline for like 15 minutesflying which is quite quite a long timeWatch at: 33:20 / 33:39that part of all of this just stuns mecompletely stuns meuh has the use of personal locationbeaconsbeen abused at all to trigger rescuesthat weren't necessaryand before you answer that question canyou tell folks a little bit about thethe garmin reach and you asked thatWatch at: 33:39 / 34:00questionsome folks would be interested yeahso the garmin inreach is an example of asatellite locator devicethat we're seeing more and more um useofhere more and more visitors are carryingthem and are using them not only foremergencies but to do two-way textingwith like their family members to letthem know likeWatch at: 34:00 / 34:20i'm in camp or i'm gonna be headed outat this timeto the trailhead for instance um andum you know when when somebody does havean accident and hits the sos feature onthat buttonthat that message actually goes to acenter that's in florida or you knowsomewhere far away from them and thenthey call us on the phone to let us knowWatch at: 34:20 / 34:40and they give us those coordinates um sowe know where to start lookingso it's really helpful the message i'dlike to get across if you're going touse one of those devicesif you can also send us a text send atext along with the sosthen we'll know um what the nature ofthethe injury is because if we just get thesosWatch at: 34:40 / 35:00we're not sure if it's if that person ishaving a heart attack or if they juststub their toeright and so it's really helpful if atext message comes acrosswith the sos describing the nature ofthe accidentand helps us to figure out our ourresponse level are we going to use thehelicopter are we just going to sendpeople on ground can it wait tilltomorrowum those are all the questions that weWatch at: 35:00 / 35:20start thinking of when we geta notification that one of those youknow devices has been activatedthat's interesting thank you and thengoing back to the question do you havemany peopleum you know just setting off thepersonal location beacons andno i wouldn't i wouldn't say very manyWatch at: 35:20 / 35:40we you know i do rememberum a couple summers ago we had anaccidental one it was an older unit andit gotbasically just bumped in somebody's packand they were in a prettyremote area of the park and we ended upflying all the way out there to check onthem andum but you know other than thati wouldn't say there's so muchaccidental umWatch at: 35:40 / 36:00it's usually people are using thembecause they need they want assistancea lot of people are curious about thatso that's good to hear from youuh do you have a do you have to have acollege degree to do what you dowhat what kind of education and traininggoes inum you don't necessarily have to have acollege degreeum i think we have a wide variety ofWatch at: 36:00 / 36:20backgroundsi would say to be a mountaineeringranger in particular you need to have astrong climbing backgroundand and you know when we're looking tohire mountaineering rangerswe want people who have spent a fairamount of time climbing in the northcascades in particularand are comfortable on steep snowmoderate rock climbing skillsWatch at: 36:20 / 36:40and glacier travel because those are allthings we do onin our job and then we also look forpeople who are emts and have worked asemts becauseyou know in this job you're going tospend some time um in the back countrywith people who are sickor injured for a long time so you needto be comfortable with that as wellWatch at: 36:40 / 37:00another one is how how how areoperations fundedyou know can you speak to that and yeahgo ahead yeah yeah that's a really goodquestion soyou know um the the park service youknowgives out money every year to the parkto pay foryou know have rangers here to staff ourWatch at: 37:00 / 37:20wilderness operation centerbut when we have a search and rescuethat's considered an unprogrammed costlike you know we couldn't anticipatethat costso the park service has set asideanother fund to pay for those emergencyoperationsso anything that's uh that is over 500in cost that could be employee cost orWatch at: 37:20 / 37:40helicopter costs for instancecomes from this outside fund that'sthat's managed at uh withthe regional level of the park serviceuh up to the washington level andan interesting trivia point to thatis that this helicopter that we we sharewith mount rainierum most of that funding actually comesWatch at: 37:40 / 38:00from that emergency fund from thatsearch and rescue specificfund and it's one of only twohelicopters and then the whole parkservice that's paid for that wayso it's pretty cool actuallythis person asked would the greatamerican outdoors acthelp to bolster funding to you you knowi can speak to that just a little bitWatch at: 38:00 / 38:20but do you have anything you want to saydo you know much about that at thispoint it's okayi don't unfortunately yeah yeah it's allrightand mostly the great american outdoorsact will fund infrastructurewithin the parks roads bridges decayingbuildingssewage systems so that's the focus of itWatch at: 38:20 / 38:40and washington's national park fund whatwe say is we focus thethe projects and the programs you know alot like this right hereso we are more active in supportingstaff and partprojects and science and research etcetera youth programs volunteerismum so that an excellent question whoeverWatch at: 38:40 / 39:00asked that thank you for bringing it upum i have to tag along toum so i that that's i think a greatsegue i'm actually umpresenting from um north cascades uhsearch and rescue cache which uh thewashington's national park fundhelped upgrade we have now what we callWatch at: 39:00 / 39:20an incident command center right here inour cache where we keep all of ourequipmentwe also have several computerworkstations a large screen tvand multiple phones in here and we justuse this actually a couple weeksago for a major search and rescue thehelicopter crew flew from mount rainierthey flew over the accent site took awhole bunch of photos they came andWatch at: 39:20 / 39:40landed here we have helipadpretty close to here and then we put upthe the photos of the accident siteon our large screen tv which was reallygreat in terms of our mission planningso that's a real i think a great exampleof the hard work you guys are doing atthewashington national parks fund to helpusand it's helping with our emergencyWatch at: 39:40 / 40:00operation so thank youwell you're welcome and thank you goesout to everybody who's with us todaybecause a lot of them are very activesupportersuh let's see in the in the in this covidperiod have climbers and hikers beenrecreating responsiblyare you hearing about that theinitiative and what are your commentsWatch at: 40:00 / 40:20thereyeah i think i've i've seen people aredoing a great job especially the folkscoming to our officeum you know we change things up in ouroffice if peoplewho are familiar with the park you knowif you come tomorrow mount come towilderness information centerwe'd like to welcome welcome you insidebut this year due to covidwe're asking everybody to stay outsideWatch at: 40:20 / 40:40we've created a like a plexiglas barrierin our doorway so we just open our frontdoor and we roll in this cart with aplexiglas shieldto protect our visitors our visitors andour rangersand everybody that's been coming to ourcenter has been reallyreally understanding and really flexiblethey are wearing masks they'remaintaining their social distanceso people have been doing a really greatWatch at: 40:40 / 41:00job and the same thing on the trails tooipeople are doing a good job with thedistanceso keep it up thank you i reallyappreciate it no kidding that's reallygreatuh let's see let me see if we haveanything else hereuh i think we're good to go i have onemore commenti want to mention to you um i wasWatch at: 41:00 / 41:20fortunate a few years agoto climb this mountain right here youi'm sure you recognize it yeahmy husband and i um that's mountshuckson and that's in north cascadesand umi want to say to people who are watchingtoday if you haven't been thereuh google mount shucks inWatch at: 41:20 / 41:40composting toilet in the story the storyis that that's the most scenic toiletaround the world soum do google that as as we wind downhere and you'llsee and understand what i mean alexterrific job today you know bottom linethank you for what you dothank you for you know essentiallyputting your life on the lineWatch at: 41:40 / 42:00all the time for people who need helpand fordoing it with all the right initiativeand you know just the whole purpose ofitwe're really grateful to you alex and toeverybody else on the teamas well as the the hundreds ofvolunteers around the great state ofwashington whogive of their time um to come up intoWatch at: 42:00 / 42:20our national parks and in other areasand help on these rescues so any closingcomments you'd like to makeno i just want to say thanks toeverybody who joined us today and againthank you foryour organizations all your support it'sreally helped us uh overover the years so thank you thankseveryone for joining us we're goingWatch at: 42:20 / 42:40every two weeks right now so be sure andcheck back in with us a few things we'veadded closed captioning to those thatmight find that helpfuland if you need information about thatreach out to us hereat washington's national park fund welove what we do we're really grateful toall of you who are with us today andum so hope to see you in two weeks haveWatch at: 42:40 / 43:00a great afternoon everyone enjoy thesunshine thank you alexthank you bye-bye

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