Morgan County Search & Rescue members were recently invited by Wasatch County Search & Rescue to participate in a joint training exercise involving water rescue and recovery. This training was conducted at Soldier Creek Reservoir and involved both the Wasatch County dive boat and their new Sonar equipped boat. Also involved were dog teams from Great Basin K9 Search & Rescue that are utilized not only on land for searches, but are also capable of using their skills on water rescues.
Of special interest was the opportunity to become familiar with the new Sonar equipped boat operated by Wasatch County Search & Rescue. This equipment has significantly increased the capability to search large bodies of water such as those located in Morgan County. This new Sonar allows for large area scanning and can be adjusted to provide for close-up, enhanced images. Several interesting items showed up on the Sonar during this training including an old fence line and a tire which were located at a depth of approximately 185 feet.
This type of joint training becomes very valuable in the event of a major underwater search event in Morgan County. Mutual aid agreements now in place around our state with county sheriffs’ departments encourage the utilization of specialized type equipment that may be available in neighboring counties to assist each other when needed.
If Morgan experiences an underwater search and rescue incident at East Canyon or Lost Creek Reservoirs, they will likely call on the services of Wasatch and other local counties to assist. Joint training opportunities such as this will greatly enhance capabilities and allow the county to better serve the residents and visitors of Morgan County. Special thanks to Wasatch County Search & Rescue for the invitation.