Author: Media Director/Tuesday, October 19, 2021/Categories: Past Programs
An inside look into Marin Search and Rescue (SAR)!
Marin County Search and Rescue (SAR)
Volunteers Kylie Voelker and Michelle Tripp will discuss the daring rescue efforts
of Marin’s SAR, the skills required to volunteer, and the different arms of the organization.
The Marin County Search and Rescue team is a highly trained group of volunteers that are recognized throughout the state for their outstanding abilities and level of training. The unit provides services such as lost/missing person searches, high altitude mountain rescue, cliff rescue and evidentiary searches for agencies throughout the state of California on a mutual aid basis, but has primary duties and responsibilities in Marin County.
Kylie Voelker – Vice President (Youth)
Kylie joined Marin SAR in the spring of 2020. Having grown up enjoying camping and the outdoors, she had a passion for learning survival and medical skills. Desiring to learn more and then apply these skills first hand inevitably propelled her to join. Kylie was elected Youth Vice President this past spring and will soon complete Rope Operator and Public Safety First Aid classes. She was the logistics personnel for Marin SAR’s annual summer training week in Tahoe and has led two teams in the field during searches.
In addition to Marin County, Kylie has responded to missions in counties including Mendocino, Tuolumne, and El Dorado. In her most recent mission, she was deployed three days in Yosemite backcountry.
Michelle Tripp – Advanced Team Leader & Duty Officer
Michelle joined Marin SAR in the fall of 2016 with a love of the outdoors, but no first responder experience. Through the extensive training provided by the team she is now a Rope Rescue Technician, EMR/WFR and member of the peer support team. She has also acquired skills in managing a lost person incident and leading teams in the field.
Michelle has responded to incidents locally and throughout CA from Siskiyou to LA counties. She has assisted with fire evacuation planning as well as setting up and staffing the Marin Vaccination Center. She is deeply involved with developing and leading team rope rescue trainings.
In 2018, she and her two teen children, Max & Sabrina, were selected as Members of the Year.
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