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First responders attend specialized search and rescue course

Posted at 5:50 AM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 08:37:55-04

JENKS, Okla. — Green Country first responders are receiving some additional training, focused on specialized search and rescue.

A handful of Jenks police, firefighters and k-9 search and rescue will go through what's called a basic Mantracker Course Friday and Saturday.

It could be used if someone becomes lost or for tracking down criminals.

The 20-hour course is taught by Spearpoint Training Group, from former and current law enforcement and military with background in special operations.

Half of the time will be spent in the classroom, the other half, using what they learned in a real life scenario.

Instructor Brian Fenn said when they're looking for a lost person, every second counts.

"They'll be looking at different evidence that a lost person may have left behind, broken twigs, broken tree branches, footprints. And you're able to visually track that person."

This will be the first time the Jenks Fire Department has taken the course.

They hope to use what they learn to aid officers in searches.

Fenn said the course can also be used by hunters or small children, where they can learn how to backtrack their own steps if they become lost.

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