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Chaffee Search and Rescue was called out on Ute Trail Dec. 20, 2019 to search for the four missing teens, whose truck became stuck on Fremont CR 2.

March 5 Program to Feature the Stories behind the SAR Missions

The program for the Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science event on March 5 will feature the story behind the 80 or so annual missions performed by Chaffee County’s volunteer Search and Rescue (SAR) teams.

The program will be held at the Scout Hut, 210 East Sackett Ave., in Salida, beginning at 10:00 a. m. It features Bill Sample, a member of the SAR South team, presenting a multi-media look at missions, equipment, technology, and planning of SAR.

Logo courtesy Chaffee County Search and Rescue South

The all-volunteer North and South SAR teams work under the Sheriff’s office and are funded primarily by donations and grants. Sample will cover with pictures and videos missions, equipment, technology, and planning of the SAR South team. The presentation will include information on new technology made possible by recent technological advancements. Other team members will also be on hand to answer questions during the discussion.

Sample holds a BS and MS in engineering and worked as an Avionics Systems Engineer for 38 years designing electronics for aircraft and space vehicles.  With seven years on the SAR South team, he serves on hiking teams, is part of the incident command team rotation, manages communication equipment, flies UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, a.k.a. drone) missions, and manages the SAR UAV team.

Sample makes good use of his technical skills by helping to lead the maintenance of the hardware and software for the UAVs.  He has designed custom hardware and software to supplement the SAR capabilities of the team’s UAVs.

Central Colorado Humanists sponsor Sunday Science presentations on the first Sunday of each month.  Each presentation is informative and features a science topic understandable by both scientists and non-scientists. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the talk will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Admission is free and the public is welcome. Masks are not required but welcome.