The mission of Friends is to partner with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to protect, preserve and enhance Georgia's state parks and historic sites. Statewide, Friends works to raise awareness of the economic and intrinsic values of Georgia's greatest treasures.
Keeping park guests safe and protected is key to our mission. Every year, Friends provides specially trained members of the DNR Search and Rescue Team with equipment and certification training in order to respond to emergencies throughout the Georgia State Park System. This year, the Team responded to over 30 emergencies and saved five lives throughout Georgia
Friends of DNR Search and Rescue strive to keep all of Georgia's parks and guests safe and protected. Friends purchase equipment and fund the training necessary for first responders, such as wilderness search, wilderness medical response, swift water rescue, cave rescue, high angle rescue and incident management.
Your support on Georgia Gives Day will help us provide:
· Certifications and re-certifications for Team members
· NCRC Cave/High Angle equipment and gear such as ropes, helmets, and gloves
· Comprehensive medical kits
· Terrain Navigational Software Systems
· Cartridge guns with canisters for ejecting rope lines for swiftwater rescues
· New rescue wheel and litter
· Incident command boards with T-cards
· Specialized Certifications for medical response, swift water rescue, and national cave rescue
· Wilderness First Responders Training
Friends is entirely supported by our members and donors. You can add your support now by becoming a Friends member or by making a donation.
Our total anticipated need for this year in training and equipment for this next year is approximately $30,000. It's critical that we raise $10,000 this Georgia Gives Day to start providing our most immediate training and equipment needs. Your support can make a great difference in helping to keep all friends and family safe at Georgia's most treasured places.
While most rescues are not published in the public domain, here is one of our favorite rescue stories:
A call came in reporting an injured hiker at Tallulah Gorge State Park. The hiker was on the bottom of the gorge with a leg fracture. Park Manager Danny Tatum requested assistance from the LE Division Aviation Unit to long line the injured hiker out of the gorge. A helicopter lift was necessary and Cpl. Dyer and RFC David Webb prepared the long line basket to pick up the injured hiker. At the bottom of the gorge, EMS and Danny Tatum got the victim into the basket and he was flown back to the landing zone and relayed to a Habersham EMS ambulance. The victim was then transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Another successful mission! Incredible coordination and efforts led by our First Responders who were able to promptly respond thanks to proper training and equipment. Thank you to our donors and members for helping to make this possible. You can help make the next mission possible as well through your donation today.