Colorado Non-Profit Has Been Cultivating Avalanche Rescue Dogs For Decades

Colorado Non-Profit Has Been Cultivating Avalanche Rescue Dogs For Decades

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Colorado Non-Profit Has Been Cultivating Avalanche Rescue Dogs For Decades

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Excellent profile of the non-profit Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment (C-RAD) who have been cultivating, inspiring and producing dog teams for successful avalanche search and rescue. C-RAD combines the skill, expertise, and stamina of search and rescue and avalanche deployment teams to expedite the rescue of an avalanche victim. They are a validating organization that has been providing training opportunities and a deployment resource for counties through out the state of Colorado for decades.  If you’re interested in additional info or possibly participating PLEASE GO HERE:

The Origin Of C-RAD:

The first Colorado avalanche rescue dogs started training in Summit County in the mid-1980s. But the real catalyst for the creation of Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment was the devastating Peak 7 avalanche outside the Breckenridge Ski Area boundary in 1987.

Eight people were caught in the massive slide, and four people without avalanche transceivers were buried and killed. The search and rescue operation took three days and required hundreds of rescue professionals and volunteers painstakingly probing into feet of avalanche debris to find the victims.

Realizing the need for coordinated, county-wide avalanche response with trained dogs, the Summit County Sheriff, Summit County Search and Rescue Group, and Flight for Life helicopter service began to lay the groundwork for what would eventually become the robust statewide C-RAD program we have today.

In recent years, C-RAD has expanded its training opportunities for current and future dog teams, and we hope to continue to expand our programs, as well as our public outreach to engage our communities and inspire future generations of avalanche rescue teams.

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