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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,Sun Staff Writer | July 10, 1994
Kelly Naylor is used to teaching youngsters search and rescue techniques. But this summer's recruits are a little different."It is my first time teaching someone with no previous experience," said Ms. Naylor, a member of Columbia Explorer Search and Rescue Post 616, a 45-member volunteer organization that assists in finding downed airplanes and people lost in rural areas.Instead of working in a rural environment this summer, four Explorer members are spending six weeks teaching 34 high school students from the Washington area rescue and survival techniques from a simulated survival course.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2012
With Maryland largely spared from the worst of superstorm Sandy's wrath, some Baltimore-area emergency personnel - including a specially trained urban search and rescue team and multiple medical units - are gearing up to be dispatched to more devastated areas to the north. Both New York and New Jersey saw widespread destruction on Monday night into Tuesday morning, with businesses and homes along the New Jersey shore destroyed and boroughs of New York City inundated with water. Maryland also saw flooding, particularly in shoreline communities like Crisfield, but the destruction was not as widespread as it was in the more northern states.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,Sun Staff Writer | July 10, 1994
Kelly Naylor is used to teaching youngsters search and rescue techniques. But this summer's recruits are a little different."It is my first time teaching someone with no previous experience," said Ms. Naylor, a member of Columbia Explorer Search and Rescue Post 616, a 45-member volunteer organization that assists in finding downed airplanes and people lost in rural areas.Instead of working in a rural environment this summer, four Explorer members are spending six weeks teaching 34 high school students from the Washington area rescue and survival techniques from a simulated survival course.
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March 24, 2012
Stacey Heaver, of Westminster, a member of Gettysburg College's Gettysburg Recreational Adventure Board (GRAB), recently used her wilderness training and expertise as the unit was called upon to help rescue a woman who fell 80 feet off a cliff at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Heaver and other GRAB students had spent their spring break at the gorge, participating in a climbing program and learning about high line rescues. Just days before they were slated to leave, one of the search and rescue volunteers who had worked with them earlier in the week contacted the group to ask for help — a woman had fallen near an area called Indian Staircase.
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By Heather Tepe and Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 15, 2002
LOOKING FOR adventure? Maryland Search and Rescue (MSAR) might be just what you're looking for. Accredited by the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference and the Mountain Rescue Association, MSAR Venture Crew 616 held an open house for prospective members May 6 at the Red Cross Building on Vantage Point Road in west Columbia. Maryland Search and Rescue is a co-educational professional search-and-rescue program associated with the Boy Scouts of America. The program trains adults and youths ages 14 to 21 in wilderness search and rescue, emergency response and outdoor survival skills.
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By Marc Peters and Marc Peters,SUN STAFF | November 4, 2003
On a bitterly cold winter day in December, a woman wandered off from a Columbia homeless shelter and prompted a widespread search by local rescue groups. Among them was Maryland Search and Rescue, a Howard County-based group of high school students whose mission is to assist professionals in such searches. After several frustrating days, Morgan Rodgers, now a 19-year-old Glenelg High School graduate, entered an apartment building's boiler room and found the woman lying there, trying to keep warm.
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By Deborah Stone | June 13, 1999
IT'S A NIGHTMARE. You turn around, and he's gone. Your 2-year-old child is missing, and your greatest fear is that he has wandered into the woods around your home. Police mount an intensive search, but many hours later the child remains missing.As it turns out, officers will not find this little boy. But a highly trained dog will. Search-and-rescue dogs are on the scene. Each has a powerful tool at its command: a nose with a scent capability at least 500 times greater than that of a human.
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By CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE | October 8, 2007
We've had several tragedies recently where you could argue that firefighters have needlessly died, since they weren't even sure there were people in the buildings. They're brave, and that's their job, but our thought is, `Hey let's send in the robots.'" - DANIEL THEOBALD, president of Vecna Technologies Inc. of College Park, which received $1.1 million in federal money to develop its Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot for military duty: handling hazardous materials and performing search and rescue
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | August 2, 1999
Call it Barney's legacy.Barney, a rescue dog owned by a Baltimore County firefighter, was diagnosed with cancer in 1996, and a campaign to raise money for his treatment netted $48,900 over seven months.Barney's treatment cost $16,700 before he died in 1997, and the balance of the money has been sitting in county coffers since. But the County Council is expected to award that money tonight to a fledgling canine search and rescue group operated by another Baltimore County firefighter from his Mount Washington home.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2010
GREENBELT — NASA unveiled a new satellite-based system on Monday that space agency officials say should reduce the time needed to locate lost boaters and hikers to just seconds. "Our mission is to take the "search" out of search-and-rescue technology," said Dave Affens, the search and rescue mission manager at NASA, an agency sometimes criticized for not focusing enough on Earth-bound problems. "Our ultimate goal here is to save lives," Affens said. Designed and developed at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, DASS — the Distress Alerting Satellite System — will be able to locate emergency beacons carried by aircraft, boats and hikers almost instantaneously, officials said.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2011
Jesse quivered and refused to budge. A creature defined by her keen senses, the yellow Labrador retriever was overwhelmed in an atmosphere stained by the stench of jet fuel and saturated with the growl of heavy machinery and thumping of military helicopters. But instead of giving up on that hot day in September a decade ago, Jesse and her handler stepped to the side of the Pentagon's north parking lot for a reality check. After a few minutes, the dog got up, approached something in a pile of rubble and gave a distinctive, "Woo, woo, woo. " "I looked," recalled Lisa Nyland, a sergeant with Maryland Natural Resources Police based in Queen Anne's County.
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June 2, 2011
Maryland Search and Rescue, in conjunction with Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew 616, will be holding their annual spring recruiting open house for adults and youth Monday, June 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church on Route 216, in Highland. MSAR is an exciting Venture Crew coed program that actively trains and deploys volunteers in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to participate in wilderness lost-person searches. They admit that the training can be rigorous, but if you enjoy the outdoors, like to challenge yourself and want to give back to the community, this might just be the perfect thing for you. To join you must be at least 13 years old and have completed eighth grade or be 14 years old. Meetings and training sessions are Mondays from 7-9 p.m. and usually one weekend per month.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2010
More than 70 police and rescue workers spent a windy, frigid Tuesday morning combing a Pasadena park for three missing people during a mock search and rescue drill. Run by the Anne Arundel County Police Department, this was the annual full-blown exercise to practice emergency management, search-rescue and communications. It included other county agencies, including Maryland State and Natural Resources Police, along with tracking dogs. The goal was to find and rescue three adults with dementia who'd disappeared from their walk in the park with their day care facility caregiver.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2010
GREENBELT — NASA unveiled a new satellite-based system on Monday that space agency officials say should reduce the time needed to locate lost boaters and hikers to just seconds. "Our mission is to take the "search" out of search-and-rescue technology," said Dave Affens, the search and rescue mission manager at NASA, an agency sometimes criticized for not focusing enough on Earth-bound problems. "Our ultimate goal here is to save lives," Affens said. Designed and developed at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, DASS — the Distress Alerting Satellite System — will be able to locate emergency beacons carried by aircraft, boats and hikers almost instantaneously, officials said.
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May 2, 2010
An autistic child from Dundalk, reported missing Saturday afternoon at the 5,600-acre Fair Hill recreation area in Cecil County, was found early this morning by rescue teams, the Department of Natural Resources said. At 6 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police found 9-year-old Noah Joel Notter, who had wandered away from his mother and sister. He has severe autism and is unable to speak, according to the agency. The boy was reported missing about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, triggering a search by 25 people over 500 acres.
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By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES | September 16, 2008
Prince William up in air as search-and-rescue pilot Britain's Prince William plans to become a full-time search-and-rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force, royal officials said yesterday. Clarence House office said Prince William would begin an 18-month training program in January. William, 26, learned to fly earlier this year during a stint with the air force. He also has served with the Royal Navy and is an officer in the British army. Clarence House said the second in line to the throne would transfer from the army to the air force, where he will hold the rank of flying officer.
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By Dolly Merritt and Dolly Merritt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 19, 1995
When the pager sounds, Woodbine resident Pat Oliva and her colleagues are prepared to drop everything, saddle up their horses and head off into the woods for days of search and rescue work.In a 1990s version of the cavalry, she and three other western Howard County residents -- Suzanne Anderson, Frank Dietz and Bill Mitchell -- are on call 24 hours a day as part of a mounted search and rescue team."It's not galloping to the rescue; it's methodical hours of hard work," says Ms. Oliva, 58, whose job as an emergency room nurse at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring does take precedence over the rescue calls.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2012
With Maryland largely spared from the worst of superstorm Sandy's wrath, some Baltimore-area emergency personnel - including a specially trained urban search and rescue team and multiple medical units - are gearing up to be dispatched to more devastated areas to the north. Both New York and New Jersey saw widespread destruction on Monday night into Tuesday morning, with businesses and homes along the New Jersey shore destroyed and boroughs of New York City inundated with water. Maryland also saw flooding, particularly in shoreline communities like Crisfield, but the destruction was not as widespread as it was in the more northern states.
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