Search and rescue team seeking volunteer members

The Marquette County Search and Rescue Team is looking for a few good volunteer men and women to join them in helping protect the community through a variety of rescue operations.

According to Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt, the 30-person team is staffed with everyone from retired people to college students. On average, team members are called out about 30 times per year in all kinds of weather and anytime, day or night.

“You should have a knowledge of being in the woods or being in the water, that type of thing, in different areas of the outdoors, in all different temperatures, in all different settings, because when you’re called it usually isn’t under good situations. It’s extreme weather when people tend to get lost,” Zyburt said in a recent Mining Journal story on the issue, adding that being in good physical condition is a must.

Here are a handful of general qualifications, as they appeared in the Journal story:

≤ are 18 years or older;

≤ possess a valid driver’s license;

≤ can pass a criminal background check;

≤ have a fairly clean driving record;

≤ have reliable transportation;

≤ can be available for two monthly meetings in the evenings and two Saturday day-long trainings throughout the year; and

≤ are able to spend extended time hiking through the woods on a search.

The team is seeking 7-8 new volunteers. Think you’re up to it? If so, Visit bit.ly/mqtsearch or the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook.

Those interested can also stop into the sheriff’s office at 236 W. Baraga Ave. to pick up an application.