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NCJ Number: 91746 Find in a Library
Title: Search and Rescue in Alaska
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:52  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1983)  Pages:19-24
Author(s): J T McConnaughey
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 6
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Annotation: Given the unique geographical characteristics of Alaska, search and seizure missions require SAR coordination through the Alaska Department of Public Safety, which draws on the resources of Federal and State agencies as well as numerous volunteer SAR groups for specialized skills and equipment in a wide range of catastrophes.
Abstract: Cooperation is the backbone of SAR operations because there is no one group in the State that can individually handle all types of SAR missions arising there. When specialized aircraft are needed, the Air Force, Coast Guard, Army, and Army National Guard become involved. When knowledge of the terrain, population, special conditions, and communications capabilities are critical, the Alaska State Troopers and Fish and Wildlife Protection officers are in demand. When other expertise, such as mountain climbing is needed, Alaska Mountain Rescue provides its expertise and equipment. Among other unique Alaskan problems are avalanche identification, control, warning, and search or special tide and icepack conditions which require knowledgeable professionals in the private, Federal, and educational sectors. Communications is a vital link to effective cooperation and the policy of the Alaska State Troopers requires detachment SAR coordinators and operational personnel to maintain liaison with volunteers, professional organizations, military, and private sector personnel. This 'meet and greet' approach helps develop the personal relationships that are essential to receiving extra effort from agencies, individual volunteer rescue groups, and individual volunteers. Photographs are provided.
Index Term(s): Alaska; Emergency rescues; Interagency cooperation
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