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Lane County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue is always training.  Last week, they were able to train and help out our Oregon State Parks at the same time!  About 20 volunteers practiced rigging and operating our high and steep angle rescue systems at Heceta Head Lighthouse…to “rescue” a picnic table on the cliff below that has been an eyesore for 20 years. 

The rope rescue systems can be deployed quickly almost anywhere by just a few trained personnel, and have been used to rescue many injured swimmers and hikers.  But a picnic table was a first! The unique “patient” presented an excellent challenge for our problem solving and adaptability. The training provided as close to a real-world scenario as it could get – and a perfect view.

Nearly every week, Sheriff's Search & Rescue volunteers assist our residents in all types of environments. Learn more about our Search & Rescue program at