FARMINGTON -- The Davis County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team received a $5,000 donation from a Community Investment Grant funded by United Parcel Service of Utah. The funds will be used to fill gaps in the team's water and mountain team units.
Search and Rescue Commander Kelly Nattress said that the funds will enable the team to purchase a four-wheeler, which will complete its ATV response unit as well as ropes, GPS units and other gear. The ATVs are used to support ground teams and perform rapid searches on the dozens of back roads in Davis County.
"We currently have three ATVs," Nattress said. "With a fourth, we will be able to send out two teams of two."
UPS Communications Supervisor Linda Jacobs said that since 1975, the UPS Foundation's Community Investment Grant Program has distributed $1.4 million to volunteer organizations and charities throughout Utah.
"In order for a program to qualify for a grant, a UPS employee has to serve at least 120 hours in the prospective organization," Jacobs said.
"UPS encourages all its employees to serve in their communities."
UPS employee Jared Howes has served as an active search and rescue volunteer for about two years, and prompted the request for a donation.
The Davis County Sheriff's Search and Rescue is an all-volunteer team trained in all aspects of search and rescue including high-angle rescue, wilderness medicine, swift water rescue, search strategy, avalanche rescue, ATV response and rescue scuba.
They are the primary response unit for all backcountry and water emergencies throughout Davis County. Counties statewide frequently call upon DCSAR to supplement their efforts on long-term searches.
The team has responded to eight incidents in 2007, for a total of 720 hours of service on foot, ATV, rope, helicopter and watercraft.