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Request for caution: Fourth of July typically busy for Search and Rescue

Posted at 7:28 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 10:29:52-04

EL PASO COUNTY — El Paso County Search and Rescue sent a team Wednesday morning to help someone injured on a trail above Manitou Springs. It adds to a string of callouts in recent days. Heading into the holiday weekend there is a request for caution when heading to outdoor areas.

The 4th of July is a holiday when El Paso County Search and rescue members anticipate possible calls for help. "There are certain holidays that we are very busy and 4th of July is actually one of them," said El Paso County Search and Rescue member, Teresa Burgess. There is an extra factor this year with more people out on trails as a break from COVID-19 restrictions.

Lack of experience in the outdoors seems to a common factor in many of the recent rescue team dispatches. “Some people who are not used to being out and getting out and find themselves in a little bit of trouble because they're not prepared," said Burgess.

Altitude and dry air are factors that have to be considered with an outdoor adventure in the Pikes Peak Region. Burgess suggests, it is okay taking break, bring clothes to counter sudden rain and cold, be ready to take cover when storm move in quickly quickly, and always carry water to stay hydrated.

Preparation and a plan can make a big difference toward avoiding the need for assistance. Search and Rescue Members also know accidents happen. "Someone needs help, we're coming,” said Burgess. Search and Rescue volunteers do not charge for services. They do not want anyone outdoors and in trouble hesitating to call for help.