MONROE- Members of the Waldo County Search and Rescue spent Saturday morning fine turning their wilderness survival skills.
In the future, if you find yourself lost in the middle of the woods, you can rest easy knowing that members of the Waldo County Search and Rescue team are hard at work training to keep their forest skills sharp year round.
“We’ve been here for years, but we do refresher courses basically to keep on top of things in case we ever do get lost in the woods ourselves and not be able to get out, we have to know how to survive the night,” Waldo County Search and Rescue Director Gary Drinkwater said.
On Saturday, Drinkwater taught a refresher to many Search and Rescue members, including lessons on fire building, shelter building and GPS training.
“If we’re on a lot of searches, we get a lot of practical experience, but as of lately, there hasn’t been a lot of searches going on, and so we just fill in with training to keep everybody in the loop and to keep it interesting,” he said.
Another instructor said the training is to make sure they meet the Maine Association of Search and Rescue criteria and that the Waldo County Search and Rescue team is always looking for new volunteers.
“It’s a good way to give back. There are a lot of retired firefighters here, a lot of ambulance personnel and young people,” Waldo County Search and Rescue Training Officer Mary Hauprich said. “We’re always into young people coming in, give us a call.