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"SAR Volunteers Quit"

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I usually sit these things out and watch, but being once VERY active in SAR in Oregon, but not this time.

I seem to be on the fence. An integral part is multi-agency ops that can be an amazing machine. Some people need to learn to play nice with others and accept the help and learn to coop. For example look @ the James Kim search out in Oregon awhile back. After the investigation one (Among many) thing was found: No cooperation between multiple agencies.

The other side of me sides with the volunteers. They pay their own gear, gas, take time from work, families, etc to save lives. They are part of something bigger that most of society cannot do. Then others are getting paid for what they are doing for free. The other thing that comes to mind is you get people who are paid to do it, who might not feel as passionate as the volunteers.

Enough ranting...Why cant we all get along :wink:
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A couple of questions. Isn't SAR under the direction of the Sheriff's Dept., and run by the Sheriff's dept.?
Also, are they saying that Deputies are 'Un-trainable'? I imagine most SAR members started their career with very little experience, and had to be trained.

My guess is the Sheriff recognizes that, as with ALL SAR call outs, several deputies are assigned to assist. However, they find themselves sitting around unable to help because of lack of training. If they're already going to be there getting paid, they mighty as well get trained so they can help.

Sounds to me like some SAR guys are being a little over protective of their so-called ‘expert skills’.

As I read the article, I'm still not sure why the SAR guys are quiting. It doesn't say anything about about Deputies taking over. It just says they will be trained so they can 'expanding their role'. So my question again, whats wrong with training more deputies to help?
(and no, it wont cost tax payers any additional money. the money is already there)
This is like saying that just because the police have guns and body armor they can create a SWAT team.
You can if you train them.
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