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Wildlife area to be used for practice search, rescue

February 05, 1999

Wildlife area to be used for practice search, rescue

The Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area will be the scene of a large practice search and rescue exercise on Saturday morning.

Upwards of 50 volunteers from as far away as Baltimore and Washington will join the youth and adult members of the Hagerstown Squadron of Civil Air Patrol in a scenario involving a missing hunter, and later, a simulated missing aircraft.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which manages the Indian Springs refuge, will set up and manage the search activity.

DNR Lt. Chuck Harris of Frederick, Md., will be the overall coordinator. Capt. Doug Lundgren of Greencastle, Pa., will serve as the Civil Air Patrol project officer.

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The Maryland wing of CAP expects to field ground teams from Hagerstown, Mount Airy, and Baltimore County, as well as communicators and two light airplanes from the Hagerstown airport, five dog teams and up to 10 horseback riders from TROT and HHT.

The new Hagerstown Horse Team brings together area horse owners who want to perform public service missions in the Washington County area.

CAP is a volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, with roles in aerospace education, a cadet program for youth ages 12-18, and emergency services.

For information contact Capt. Doug Lundgren at 1-717-597-0212 or Lt. Kevin Pelletier at 1-301-223-5043.

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