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INTERMOUNTAIN RESCUERS TRAIN, TEST IN UTAH COUNTY

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The Utah County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team is playing host to this year's Intermountain Region Mountain Rescue Association Winter Seminar and Recertification.

This year's event started Friday morning and runs through Sunday at Aspen Grove in Provo Canyon. As host for the annual seminar and recertification process, local search and rescue teams will be responsible for conducting training and testing programs for other rescue teams throughout the Intermountain region."To be recognized by our peers in the field of search and rescue is a great honor," said Kent Compton, president of the sheriff's search and rescue organization.

The seminar will concentrate on winter emergencies and certifying teams according to the standards of the rescue association, said Keith Scha-fer, regional chairman for the group. Teams attending the seminar will be instructed in knots, anchor systems, winter search procedures, ice climbing, avalanche forecasting, medical helicopter evacuation and winter medical emergencies and treatments.

"Training for winter rescues is very important. Winter conditions can very quickly compound and complicate even the simplest rescue," Schafer said. "By following these standards, rescue teams are better able to ensure the safety of the people they are assisting as well as their own safety."