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Three snowmobilers were injured Jan. 16, 2022 when two snowmobiles encountered a creek in the middle of a meadow. Plumas County Search and Rescue is seeking a grant to buy equipment to assist in these types of rescues. Photo courtesy of Plumas County Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue needs public’s help to secure a grant

The Plumas County Search and Rescue Team (PCSAR) is applying for a California Department of Parks and Recreation OHV grant under their Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program.  If successful, the local search and rescue team will be purchasing two snowmobiles and a trailer to expand their winter patrol and search and rescue capabilities.  This is an exciting opportunity for the local team, which has operated in Plumas County since 1976.

This is the third grant application undertaken by PCSAR through the OHV grant program. Through the OHV grant program, they purchased a Polaris side-by-side and trailer in 2020 and a CanAm side-by-side and trailer in 2021, both of which have been put to great use on search and rescue calls and patrols over the vastness of both the Plumas and Lassen national forests.

Beginning Tuesday, March 7, 2023, through Monday, May 1, 2023, a draft of the grant application will be available for viewing and public comment at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov From that website, the public will be directed to the Grants/On-line Grant Application (OLGA) public review feature for instructions on how to submit their comments. Written public comments can also be mailed to PCSAR, PO Box 1774, Quincy, CA 95971.

These new snowmobiles will allow the PCSAR faster access to the backcountry than their tracked vehicles, giving lost, stranded or injured snowmobilers a better chance of reaching safety and/or medical care as quickly as possible.  They will also expand the team’s patrol capabilities and help them cover many of the snowmobile events that take place in Plumas County each Winter.  For more information on this opportunity see the Plumas County Search and Rescue Team web page at plumassar.org.

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