SARDINIA — The Chaffee-Sardinia Fire Department hosted a basic wildland search skills course on March 16.
The eight-hour event, which was sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and taught by forest rangers John Kennedy and Tom Flanagan, was designed to provide firefighters and other emergency responders with the necessary knowledge and skills for conducting searches for lost or injured individuals.
The class was attended by 69 volunteers from Erie, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Monroe counties. Fourteen attendees were members of the Chaffee-Sardinia Fire Company and seven were Erie County sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Special Weapons and Tactics Team. Also attending were members of the Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team, several of whom assisted in the instruction.
The course consisted of four hours of classroom study and a simulated search, which was conducted at the Erie County Forestry’s Genesee Road location. Those who completed the course and passed the final written examination have been certified as search volunteers by the NYS DEC.