Klickitat County UAS Team Completes First Mission

Klickitat County’s new All-Hazards Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Team had its first mission on Wednesday, successfully finding a missing person somewhere near the Leidl Campground off the Glenwood Highway.  According to the County’s Emergency Management Department, the team used two aircraft for a total of about six combined hours of flight time.  The missing person was located alive by the team late Wednesday afternoon, providing Search and Rescue teams with the person’s exact location.  The team then watched over as the rescue team located, evaluated, and prepared the person for transport.  The found missing person was evaluated and then evacuated by Search and Rescue and Klickitat County Emergency Medical Services personnel to an awaiting ambulance.  The person was then transferred to an awaiting nearby Lifeflight Helicopter for transport to the hospital.  Since November of 2022, the all-volunteer, grant funded 12 person team was formed and began training on the equipment, policies, and procedures to support all other Klickitat County Emergency Responder Agencies.



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