Bill Would Allow Rangers To Train More Volunteers For Search Operations

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State forest rangers would train more volunteers to help with search-and-rescue operations under a bill approved by the New York Senate.

The measure follows unsuccessful searches for two young men in the central Adirondacks.
 
A college student from Tupper Lake vanished in the Piercefield area in March and a restaurant worker disappeared more than a year ago.
 
Republican Sen. Betty Little of Queensbury says when someone is missing in a remote area, it's crucial to have as many trained people as possible in the search.
 
Her bill would establish a program in which the state trains and credentials volunteers. A similar bill is pending in the Assembly.
 
Each year, rangers conduct more than 200 search-and-rescue operations in New York's backwoods. Most end with hikers or campers found within hours.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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