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Local First Responders Come to Bridgeport for Search & Rescue Training

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Courtesy: City of Bridgeport Courtesy: City of Bridgeport

Last week, three Marion County residents were rescued near Cheat Mountain in Randolph County after going missing for more than 24 hours.

On Saturday, Bridgeport officials made sure first responders would be ready to go, if a similar situation were to occur again.

The city held a Search & Rescue training course to prepare firefighters, law enforcement officers, and other emergency personnel from several counties.

So, as our population ages, we have an increased threat because of our elderly who may have mental deficiencies or Alzheimer's. We have younger generations who may be autistic. We have people who are coming to the area that aren't familiar with the terrain of West Virginia. They may go out hiking, and it's easy to get turned around in these areas," said Shaunda Rauch, the emergency services director in Bridgeport.

The Grafton Fire Department's K-9 unit was also on hand to demonstrate how those officers operate in a search & rescue operation.