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Caroline County Sheriff Partnering with Search and Rescue Group

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DMVSAR President William Heisterhagen and Caroline County's Sheriff Randy Bounds DMVSAR President William Heisterhagen and Caroline County's Sheriff Randy Bounds

CAROLINE COUNTY, Md.- The Caroline County Sheriff's Department is teaming up with a local organization to help in search and rescue operations.

On Oct. 16, Sheriff Randy Bounds signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Delmarva Search and Rescue (DMVSAR) Organization to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of search and rescue operations conducted by the Sheriff's Office.

According to the sheriff's department, the DMVSAR group will bring search and rescue assets to the department that would normally not be available.

The DMVSAR are members of the National Association for Search and Rescue an emergency response resource specializing in conducting and managing search and rescue operations for ground searches, canine searches, horse searches and FEMA standard responses for disaster operations.

“When a child is missing or a vulnerable adult walks off, time is of the essence. By partnering with DMV-SAR we have substantially increased our professional response to these types of incidents,” said Sheriff Randy Bounds. “ We value our current partnerships with Caroline County Fire, Rescue and EMS organizations and look forward to that same appreciation for the services of the DMVSAR organization.”

The DMVSAR group is based on the Eastern Shore and, according to the sheriff's department, has been responding to missions throughout Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and other states since its inception.

The group consists of professional volunteers who dedicate their time to training, mission response, group projects, preventative instruction and public awareness.

According to William Heisterhagen, president of DMVSAR, the Caroline County Sheriff's Office is the first law enforcement agency on the Eastern Shore to officially partner with their organization.

Sheriff Bounds said he plans to conduct joint search and rescue drills in the future to help integrate his command staff and deputies into various search and rescue scenarios.

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