Our Explorer Post 1574 is looking for new Explorers. If you are between 14 and 20. Come to one of our business meetings and see what our Explorer Post is all about. We'll also be at the Adams County Fair.
The Adams County 4x4 Response Team was created in 2007 by the Adams County Office of Emergency Management because of the two blizzards in December 2006 a week before and a just after Christmas. The first was the worst, every major road in town was closed by 7:00PM, that included; I-25, US36, I-76 and I-70. The Adams County 4x4 Response Team was to be utilized during severe weather conditions (such as snow) or other emergencies where four-wheel drive vehicles are necessary to transport critical supplies, hospital and government employees or citizens with nonemergency medical conditions.
The Adams County Office of Emergency Management had a Deputy Sheriff as its Director, in 2010 the county commissioners change the OEM to a civilian Director. In that the 4x4 team falls more in line with search and rescue, Sheriff Doug Darr wanted the team placed within Rampart Search and Rescue (TM) the county's primary search and rescue team. This is a better fit in that Rampart would be the agency to call the group out, plus they were using RSAR's radio channels.
In May 2011 the Adams County 4x4 Response Team was transferred and is now a division of Rampart Search and Rescue (TM).
What we do
The mission for RSAR's 4x4 Response Team has not changed they are still utilized during severe weather conditions and emergencies where four-wheel drive vehicles are necessary to transport critical supplies to shelters and other locations, hospital and government employees or citizens with nonemergency medical conditions, and even 911 dispatchers.
The 4x4 Division
Some of the training our Response Team receive: Map reading, 2-way radio communications, First Aid, CPR, tornado spotting, down power wires, basic USAR, K9 handler, building search procedures, traffic control, helicopter safety, loading a helicopter ambulance, landing zone safety/prep, grid search, skid car, rail road derailment, rail road grade crossing safety, dealing with other agencies, swift water rescue, down aircraft search, direction finding (DF), flood rescue and monitoring, basic emergency medical services, field evacuations and much more.
Below shows some of our Response Team involvement in the community.
17 people stranded in their cars, 1 click east of 120th and Piccadilly. Highway Patrol called us 10 hours after they got stranded.
All three 4x4s had to 'back out' in their own tracks (so they would not get stuck). It took three trips to all to a shelter.
Above - waiting for the snowmobilers to show for the first two stranded motorist.
Responding to a callout during the blizzard.
Staging on I-70 past the closure at
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