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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - People from all over Butte County came to the Chico Elks Lodge to celebrate the county’s search and rescue team and their 60 years of service.
From displays of search and rescue equipment to demonstrations of the team's technical rescue capabilities, the all-volunteer search and rescue team showed everything they have been doing for the past 60 years.
They set up stations to show people the different types of operations they can do, like snow, mountain, and water rescue.
The team also got the chance to say thank you to all the people who helped keep this program going.
"It's been fantastic,” Volunteer Scott Winter said. “There’s a lot of engagement with the community, especially with the kids playing. We have different things happening at the booths where they can play and learn different parts of that type of rescue. We are just trying to educate hopefully future volunteers to join the team."
"Some of the driving factors to join myself was to not only give back to our community and help out and feel more connected but the chance to get in there and do things like this. Just being a volunteer where I have my normal 9-5 job, to get up and do things like this is a pretty awesome feeling,” Air Rescue Program Volunteer Scott Vanni shared.
This search and rescue team in Butte County is the only non-state agency north of Sacramento to have an air rescue program.
The team is also getting a new SJX 2170 Tunnel Hull jet board for low water rescue operations in the next couple of weeks.
The search and rescue team helped evacuate the areas around Butte Meadows for the Dixie Fire.
Now, they are still assisting by preparing maps for evacuations.
Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team is hosting its golf tournament and Helicopter Ball Drop on Sept. 27.
If you’d like to join the search and rescue team or donate, click here.