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Sequoyah County Mounted Search and Rescue Team to hold annual course

Monday, October 11, 2021 - Sequoyah County Mounted Search and Rescue Team (SCMSAR) will be holding their annual recertification course on Saturday, October 23.

Mac Moad, SCMSAR team founder, said certification of the new mounts will also take place the same day. The certification of the new mounts covers the desensitization, equine handler, and obstacle course portions.

The team currently consists of 34 certified horses and 28 certified members, Moad explained. “We serve 14 counties in Oklahoma and are sanctioned by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, Sequoyah County Emergency Management and Cherokee Nation.”

The team is a fully self-supported mounted search team, all volunteers, made up of police officers, nurses, military veterans, and many other professions. All are trained in tracking, helicopter operations, field emergency and more, Moad said.

During the past five years, many call-outs were made, but only 19 developed into full-scale mounted rescue missions, stated Moad. “When they are lost in the wilderness, our mission is to find them, young or old, male or female, alive or deceased; we are coming.”

Moad explained that he will hold a full 70-hour certification course once he has ten individual volunteers sign up and schedule accordingly.

If you would like to be a part of the SCMSAR team or would like additional information regarding certifications or re-certifications, you can contact Mac Moad on the SCMSAR Facebook page.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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