Search and rescue volunteers from Linn County train for future missions

      EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon's search and rescue volunteers are called out to hundreds of rescue missions each year, helping find people in counties across the state.

      Over 60 young search and rescue volunteers met in the Linn County wilderness over the weekend for the first regional training camp over the weekend.

      The group of young adults, ages 14 to 20, learned the basics of rescue safety through life-flight exercises, tracking advice, and a training session on how to locate a lost or missing person.

      Each county in Oregon is responsible for calls within their own county lines. The hours and staffing to conduct searches would cost resources and millions of dollars they don't have.

      Joe Larsen helped organize the training session through the Linn County Sheriff's Office. He says the group of new volunteers will be vital to search and rescue missions in the 9 counties they represent.

      "You're not only helping your community, you're not only helping them in situations in which they needed it the most. But it's building you as a person. Teaching you responsibility, self discipline and things that will help you for the rest of your life," said search and rescue volunteer Nicole Karchel.

      Crews say whether you're just on a day hike or camping for the weekend, you should always remember to carry the essentials - food, water, flashlight, first aid kit, fire starter, tarp or tent, compass or map, repair kit, sunscreen and sunglasses, and extra clothing.