Excellent profile of the non-profit Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment (C-RAD) which has cultivated, inspired and produced dog teams for successful avalanche search and rescue. C-RAD combines the skills, expertise and endurance of search and rescue and avalanche deployment teams to expedite the rescue of an avalanche victim. It is a validating organization that has provided training opportunities and a deployment resource for counties across the state of Colorado for decades. If you are interested in additional information or would like to participate, PLEASE GO HERE:
Eight people were caught in the massive landslide and four people without avalanche transceivers were buried and killed. The search and rescue operation lasted three days and involved hundreds of rescue professionals and volunteers painstakingly probing the feet of the avalanche debris to find victims.
Realizing the need for a coordinated countywide avalanche response with trained dogs, the Summit County Sheriff, Summit County Search and Rescue Group, and Flight for Life helicopter service began to lay the foundation for what would become the robust statewide C-RAD program. we have today.
Over the past few years, C-RAD has expanded its training opportunities for current and future dog teams, and we hope to continue to expand our programs, as well as our public outreach to engage our communities and inspire future generations of teams. rescue in the event of an avalanche.