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Elkland Search and Rescue evolving, expanding as life-saving outfit

February 10, 2012

Photo by Victoria Stanish - Matt Young, current president and deputy chief of Elkland Search and Rescue, points out the powerful lights and tough tires on an ATV used by members in rescue operations.

You may not always see them in action, but the members of Elkland Search and Rescue provide vital emergency services in Elk and neighboring counties and across the state.
"We actually are the only Pennsylvania-certified search and rescue team in northwestern Pennsylvania," said Matt Young, current president and deputy chief of Elkland Search and Rescue. "We essentially have from where we are all the way over to Ohio and from Interstate 80 all the way up to New York, is pretty much our coverage area."
Young said Elkland provides Quick Response Service. They locate missing or lost people, assist law enforcement when people are suicidal and located in rough terrain, and have even helped police in an evidence search throughout a wooded area in a criminal case. Some are certified man trackers who can track a person through the woods, several are certified wildland firefighters and others are firefighters or emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Members are also capable of high-angle rescue rappelling and swiftwater rescue.

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