New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent training missions carried out by Forest Rangers.
Town of Colonie
Helicopter Training: From May 25th to May 27th, DEC Forest Rangers held a Helicopter Crewmember course in cooperation with staff from the Green Mountain National Forest and NYSP Aviation. Thirteen Forest Rangers completed the virtual classwork and field exercises over three days. The course covers aviation safety, aircraft capabilities and limitations, aviation life support equipment, aviation mishap reporting, pre-flight checklist, briefing/debriefing, aviation transportation of hazardous materials, crash survival, and helicopter operations including practicing helicopter water bucket drops. The objective of this training is to increase the effectiveness and coordination of aviation resources for wildfire suppression between DEC and NYSP Aviation.
City of Oswego/Oswego River
Swiftwater Rescue Training: On May 24th, Forest Rangers from Regions 6 and 7 participated in a multi-agency training hosted by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Fire Prevention and Control as part of the New York State Swiftwater Task Force. This training helps responders gain proficiency and knowledge in the operation of small inflatable boats for use in swiftwater rescues. Attendees operated the boats in daylight and low light, and a final scenario-based exercise was conducted after dark. DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) and New York State Police (NYSP) also participated in the training.
Hamlet of High Falls
Swiftwater Rescue Training: On May 24th, Region 3 Forest Rangers participated in swiftwater rescue training on the Rondout Creek at High Falls. Rangers learned about self-rescue swimming, wading with belay assist, go-rescue, and throw bag techniques.
Be Prepared: Properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage.
Photo of Forest Rangers take part in swiftwater rescue training In Rondout Creek provided.