Q&A with author Hal Clifford
Do young rescuers get too enthusastic?
How can I get involved?
How did you get involved in rescue work, and do you think that it is something anyone could get involved in?
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Hal responds: As I mentioned in a response to an earlier question, I became involved in Mountain Rescue-Aspen because I wanted to write this book. It had been my original intention to simply hang out with the team for a while as a journalist, but the team told me if I wanted to understand what they did, I would have to participate. That led to my joining the team in order to report on it, a process which took three years and led to the book.
Various rescue teams have various criteria for membership. Some, such as the one in Boulder, Colorado, have long waiting lists. Others (such as Aspen's at the moment), have spaces open. Seattle's requires strong mountaineering skills, and would-be members must demonstrate those skills. Others are less stringent, looking for time and energy more than specific skills. Most also require minimal medical training, such as CPR and First Responder. Contact your local sheriff's office to find out what rescue organizations are in your area.