As commander of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team, Steve Achelis participated in hundreds of mountain rescues that frequently made the evening news. In Mountain Responder Steve takes the reader along on these life-and-death rescues as he and his teammates dig people out of avalanches, hang on a thin cable below a helicopter, and rescue climbers stuck on rock walls. Threaded throughout these unforgettable rescues, Steve shares the exhilaration of saving a life, the fears and uncertainties during the struggle to keep a patient alive, as well as the doubts and second-guessing when someone doesn't make it.
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Mountain Responder based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I truly enjoyed this book by Steve Achelis. He takes you through each of his highlighted call-outs from what he was doing when his pager went off through to the end of the call. You get to know him, his patients, and his teammates. He paints a vivid picture of each step and each action taken to extract the patient and get them to safety. You feel his elation and his grief depending on how the call goes. You see how he tries to balance his work with his family, and the steps he takes to make sure he makes it home to be with them after the call is over. I've read several books by SAR responders and this one is the best one so far. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Search and Rescue.
The writer is a real hands on Ground Pounding SAR troop who has been "there and done that" What impressed me most was what his feelings; both physical and mental at the start, during and after a mission. This writing I feel gives some idea of the devotion and very hard work of SAR people and to carry out the idea "So others may live". One point I must remark on is that I think the ICS used by the Salt Lake Sheriffs Department seems to be very loose to the it puts SAR team members into harms way! They seemed to forgotten the basic order of safety; that is; first SELF; second Team and third and last, THE SUBJECT. Also I think the word Victim is out of place for SAR people to use!