West Central Georgia's Search and Rescue team is just days away from completing its intensive, 7-month training course.
The goal of the team, dubbed West Central GSAR Task Force 4-A, is to improve response times to heavy rescue emergencies. This multi-jurisdictional force consists of more than 30 volunteers from Muscogee, Lee, Russell, Harris, Stewart and Troup counties and was formed using a $1.275 million Homeland Security Grant requested by the Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department in November 2007 and granted the following month by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
Each team member will have completed about 400 hours of search and rescue training in a total of six disciplines. Training began in July 2008 and is expected to wrap up Thursday. The West Central GSAR team will join the three already existing GSAR teams in Georgia.
Please read tomorrow's Ledger-Enquirer or visit www.Ledger-Enquirer.com for more on this story to include pictures and video of the final phase of GSAR training.