Make the McKenzie Connection!

20-year-old problem solved

Lane County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue is constantly training. Last week, they were able to train and help out our Oregon State Parks simultaneously. About 20 volunteers practiced rigging and operating the team’s high and steep-angle rescue systems at Heceta Head Lighthouse…to “rescue” a picnic table on the cliff below that has been an eyesore for 20 years.

The team’s rope rescue systems can be deployed quickly almost anywhere by just a few trained personnel. They have been used to rescue many injured swimmers and hikers, but a picnic table was a first.

The unique “patient” presented an excellent challenge for problem-solving and adaptability. The training provided as close to a real-world scenario as possible and included a near-perfect view.

Nearly every week, Sheriff’s Search & Rescue volunteers assist residents in all environments. Learn more about our Search & Rescue program at


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