Technical Rescue Team From NPS Joins in Search for Firefighter Token Adams
Incident: Holiday Incident Search and Rescue
Technical Rescue Team from National Park Service
Joins in Search for Firefighter Token Adams
Friday September 6 2013 – 10:00 am
The number of personnel currently participating in the search for Firefighter Token Adams sits at about 280. This has been a very fluid number as personnel arrive daily to assist in the search. The area of the search has been updated to approximately 48 square miles. Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor Maria T. Garcia stated “I appreciate the leadership of both the New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue and the Southwest Incident Management Team in leading the search effort. It has been heartwarming to see the many Federal State and local resources as well as volunteers who have come out to help in the search for Token. Our thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.” Incident Commanders Dave Denali with New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue and Joe Reinarz with the Southwest Incident Management team both agree that this is the largest unified command search and rescue that has ever been conducted in the State.
A National Park Service Technical Rescue Team (NPS-TRT) has joined in the search for Token. The NPS team brings with it over 30 years of experience in search and rescue. The difficult terrain encountered in the Jemez Mountains is not all that different than the difficult terrain in many of the National Parks throughout the country. Bonnie Taylor a member of the NPS Technical rescue team commented that although this is a difficult time of year for NPS to release employees from the parks they knew the importance of offering their team up to assist in this intense search. NPS employees that have joined the search came from Grand Teton Grand Canyon Yosemite and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks. The TRT has been able to share their skill set and expertise in conducting searches and has brought more great tools to the table.
Several search methods continue to be utilized in the search for Token Adams. ATV UTV search dogs mounted and foot patrols are all techniques being implemented. The gridding technique being utilized by ground forces is allowing crews to search methotically within a certain area before declaring it “all clear” and moving on to a new location.
During a news conference yesterday Token’s Father-in-law expressed his family’s sincere gratitude to the Village of Jemez Springs the Jemez Ranger District and the many many people who have at one time or another participated in the search to bring Token home.
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