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TX Game Wardens Get SAR Certified

Updated: Tuesday, August 27 2013, 07:14 AM CDT

Here in Texas flash flooding from big storms can quickly put lives in danger. Now there's a statewide effort to get game wardens search and rescue certified.

"People joke a lot it doesn't really rain in Texas, but when it does, it floods," says Kevin Frazier, Guadalupe County Game Warden.

New classes of game wardens are learning how to navigate rushing waters, so when flooding happens, they're ready.

"Back in May 30th of 2007, we had a game warden, Ty Patterson who was a friend of mine. He was involved in a search and rescue mission and they had a boating accident and he drowned," says Frazier.

Frazier says that tragedy prompted a statewide effort to get all game wardens search and rescue trained. There are more than 500 game wardens in the state and right now less than 30 of them are SAR certified.

"We've been around since 1895 doing rescues. We have some training, but this is more specialized. The big thing is equipment. This equipment is top of the line safety rated," says Frazier.

Wesley Meyer has been training game wardens worldwide for years. He says in the past, game wardens have had to pay for this training out of pocket, but this time, the state's picking up the bill with state approved funding.

"They learn individual survival skills. If they're going to go out there, they need to learn how to take care of themselves first, then we show them 48 different techniques on how to bring somebody back to shore," says Meyer, Rescue Training International.

While this training can't bring friends back, Frazier says it's a great way to honor those they've lost by making sure another accident doesn't happen.

These teams will also be trained in tactical boat operations, land navigation, first and casualty care and aerial hoisting.


TX Game Wardens Get SAR Certified

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