NPS taking steps to improve rescue, safety

We like the proactive steps being taken by Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore officials to improve emergency rescue capabilities and services in and around the park.

Through a partnership with the Superior High Angle Rescue Professionals, the park has increased its technical rope rescue team capabilities. SHARP is an all-volunteer high angle rescue team based out of Munising.

According to an agency press release, the park this summer brought in a climbing expert from Yosemite National Park to train park staff and partners in high angle search and rescue. The training focused on increasing the skills and abilities of rescuers in high angle environments such as Miners Castle.

“Increasing visitation and rescue incidents over the past few years along our cliff edges made this training critical for the park. Proper training ensures rescuers have the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct a technical rope rescue assistance when visitors find themselves stuck in these places,” NPS Search and Rescue Coordinator Eric Paupore, said in the news release.

Getting ahead of the curve on anything, especially safety issues, always makes good sense. So does this amped up effort.