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Powell Co. Search and Rescue School in session soon

Posted at 4:33 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 18:38:12-05

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Every year, the Powell County Search and Rescue Team helps hundred of people who are in dangerous situations at the Red River Gorge. Now, you can learn what they do to keep you safe.

Every year before it gets warm out, first responders remind people who visit the Red River Gorge what they need to do to stay safe. "I tell people when you go hiking for a day, act like you're there for the night. Carry everything with you, you might need because in a split second, your whole world can change. Mother nature is good but she can be awful mean," Lisa Johnson, the director of the search and rescue team said.

For the first time ever, the Powell County Search and Rescue Team is offering a free class, where you'll learn what they do and how they do it. Everything from roping, caving and water rescues.

"And your basic interview. If you go out somebody's lost, the questions you ask. What are they wearing, all the descriptions, interviews, stuff like that. what you need to know," Johnson said.

Whether you want to join their team or just learn more about how to stay safe on the trails.

"It's a good terrain but it can be vicious. Just learn. It's free, you have nothing to lose," Johnson said.

The three day course starts May 15.