PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council received a grant Monday for equipment that’s expected to help save lives in the timberline areas it covers.
The $10,000 donation by Clackamas Federal Credit Union will be used to purchase nearly a dozen brand newDeLorme inReach satellite communicators.
Search and rescue volunteers showed off the new text-messaging devices Monday at Portland’s Laurelhurst Park, at SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. and Stark Street.
“It uses the satellite network,” said a demonstrator, “so you don’t have to have cell coverage, you don’t have to have any kind of infrastructure at all. Because in the rural areas that we cover, there is very little — or no infrastructure.”
The communicators also give base command the ability to direct a rescue team to a missing subject in a white-out condition.
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