Elkland Search and Rescue answered 2 calls on Saturday. The first dispatch was at 2:40 pm to assist Pa State Police, Ridgway Barracks locate a stranded motorist in the Hicks Run area off of Rt. 555. The stranded motorist used On-Star to call for help, when the vehicle became disabled on the snow and ice covered roadway. Command was established at the entrance to Hicks Run Rd., and the On-Star coordinates were entered into the computer generated mapping software in the Command Post. With the coordinates not registering directly in the Hicks Run Road area, Command sent 2 different tracked mobile teams into the Hicks Run area. One team searching the West Hicks Run Road and the other covering the East Hicks Run Road area. 3.8 miles into their search, tracked mobile team 2, located the stranded motorist where he slid off the road and the vehicle became undrivable on West Hicks Run Road. The motorist was loaded into a utv and transported back to the Command Post. The PSP Trooper when transported the individual back into town so he could get phone service.
When returning to the station, around 6:35pm, Elkland SAR was dispatched to assist Station 41, Clearfield County with a structure fire in a remote location, off of Rt 153,south of Penfield. Once on scene, Elkland SAR was able to use the tracked snow equipment, and also standard atv and utv to rotate equipment, fire department manpower and refreshments into the remote fire scene to support the firefighting efforts. All equipment was back in our station around 10pm.
Ladies and Gentlemen I do have to say, The Heroes of Saturday evening were the Volunteer Fire Fighters and EMS personnel. They came from all around the area to help those involved. Some took care of the health issues of those involved, while others dealt with the fire or sat in the responding firefighters stations so others could respond to the scene. Witnessing them work together with Not One of them complaining they were cold, wet, tired, or the snow was deep was simply amazing to watch! They never gave up with whatever they were confronted with and got their job done. As the saying goes, "There are Angles Among Us", and We got to witness that last night.
We continue to THANK our Community for Their continued Financial Support and Prayers! We couldn't do what we do without Our Community Backing us at Elkland Search and Rescue! Don't Forget Elkland SAR is Always looking for members, and we would be Happy to have additional volunteers to help out!