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search and rescue http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1300/all en Search and Rescue bill sent to governor http://addisonindependent.com/201305search-and-rescue-bill-sent-governor <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Cindy Ellen Hill </div> </div> </div> <p> A statewide search and rescue protocol inspired by an Addison County tragedy has passed the Vermont House and Senate and been sent to the Governor&rsquo;s office to be signed into law.</p> <p> The effort to restructure the state&rsquo;s search and rescue practices was launched by Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, after the hypothermia death of Levi Duclos, a 19-year-old New Haven resident. Duclos died on a Ripton hiking trail after Vermont State Police failed to initiate a ground search for more than 12 hours after he was reported missing on a frigid night in January 2012.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16909">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201305search-and-rescue-bill-sent-governor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Featured search and rescue Mon, 13 May 2013 15:44:10 +0000 xian 16909 at http://addisonindependent.com Final vote in Legislature nears on search and rescue bill http://addisonindependent.com/201304final-vote-nears-search-and-rescue-bill <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Cindy Hill </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; The Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee last Wednesday unanimously approved the Search and Rescue Bill, H.182, clearing the way for its passage in the full Senate as early as this week. However, the Vermont House must approve amendments made by the Senate committee before the new search and rescue protocol can be signed into law by the governor.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16561">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304final-vote-nears-search-and-rescue-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Featured legislature search and rescue Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:17:00 +0000 Addison Independent 16561 at http://addisonindependent.com Senate begins debate on search and rescue bill http://addisonindependent.com/201304senate-begins-debate-search-and-rescue-bill <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Cindy Hill </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; When Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee chair Sen. Jeannette White, D-Windham, opened a hearing on H.182, the Search and Rescue Bill, last Wednesday she gave a nod toward Carol Ault and Kathy Duclos, who were seated in the cramped hearing room.</p> <p> The two women are aunts of Levi Duclos, the 19-year-old New Haven man whose death while hiking in January 2012 launched public demand for a change in search and rescue procedures.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16451">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304senate-begins-debate-search-and-rescue-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Featured search and rescue Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:34:54 +0000 Addison Independent 16451 at http://addisonindependent.com House committees tweaking search and rescue bills http://addisonindependent.com/201303house-committees-tweaking-search-and-rescue-bills <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Cindy Hill </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; The Vermont Search and Rescue bill, H.182, is moving forward through the Legislature. After substantially bolstering the bill proposed by a summer study committee, the House Government Operations committee last Thursday approved the bill and passed it on to the House Appropriations Committee.</p> <p> Appropriations the next day voted out the bill with only a minor technical change.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/15791">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201303house-committees-tweaking-search-and-rescue-bills" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont legislature search and rescue Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:15:25 +0000 John McCright 15791 at http://addisonindependent.com Legislature considers new search and rescue rules http://addisonindependent.com/201302legislature-considers-new-search-and-rescue-rules <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Cindy Hill </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; The Vermont House Governmental Operations committee has begun considering legislation to improve the way law enforcement agencies and emergency service personnel respond to calls of lost hikers, skiers and boaters.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/15560">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201302legislature-considers-new-search-and-rescue-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Featured search and rescue Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:18:29 +0000 Addison Independent 15560 at http://addisonindependent.com Panel puts VSP at lead in search and rescue http://addisonindependent.com/201211panel-puts-vsp-lead-search-and-rescue <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; The Search and Rescue Strategic Plan Development Committee has completed its work, approving recommendations and proposed statutory changes to be presented to the upcoming Legislative session. Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, and former state police search and rescue team leader Jocelyn Stohl abstained from the vote taken at the Committee&rsquo;s fourth and final meeting in Montpelier Oct. 24.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/13944">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201211panel-puts-vsp-lead-search-and-rescue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Featured search and rescue VSP Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:55:04 +0000 13944 at http://addisonindependent.com Who should lead Vermont's search and rescue operations? http://addisonindependent.com/201209who-should-lead-vermonts-search-and-rescue-operations <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry delivered a well-orchestrated message to the Legislature&rsquo;s Search and Rescue Strategic Plan Development Committee last week: The Shumlin administration has determined that search and rescue in Vermont will remain under the primary jurisdiction of the Vermont State Police.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/13229">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201209who-should-lead-vermonts-search-and-rescue-operations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Featured Gov. Shumlin Montpelier search and rescue Mon, 17 Sep 2012 14:44:50 +0000 13229 at http://addisonindependent.com Role of state police, game wardens in search and rescue is debated http://addisonindependent.com/201208role-state-police-game-wardens-search-and-rescue-debated <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-12978" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201208role-state-police-game-wardens-search-and-rescue-debated"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/daveshaw3777_0.thumbnail.jpg" alt="daveshaw3777.jpg" title="daveshaw3777.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIDDLEBURY ASSISTANT FIRE Chief David Shaw, a member of the committee looking at a statewide search and rescue policy, said a pro-active approach to searches is needed. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; The Search and Rescue Strategic Plan Committee pressed forward with its legislative mandate to restructure search and rescue management in Vermont at the second of its five scheduled meetings in Montpelier last Wednesday.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12979">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208role-state-police-game-wardens-search-and-rescue-debated" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Featured search and rescue Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:58:56 +0000 Addison Independent 12979 at http://addisonindependent.com Two locals to serve on search and rescue panel http://addisonindependent.com/201207two-locals-serve-search-and-rescue-panel <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-12382" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201207two-locals-serve-search-and-rescue-panel"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/daveshaw3777.thumbnail.jpg" alt="daveshaw3777.jpg" title="daveshaw3777.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIDDLEBURY ASSISTANT FIRE Chief David Shaw is one of two Addison County residents who will help strengthen the state’s search and rescue policy. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Two Addison County residents will help draft a new Vermont search-and-rescue policy in the aftermath of the Levi Duclos tragedy.</p> <p> Participating on the new search and rescue committee created by the Legislature that will help craft that policy will be Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, and David Shaw, assistant chief of the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12383">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201207two-locals-serve-search-and-rescue-panel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury Featured policy search and rescue Thu, 05 Jul 2012 14:40:09 +0000 John Flowers 12383 at http://addisonindependent.com Vt. House updates search and rescue policy http://addisonindependent.com/201204vt-house-updates-search-and-rescue-policy <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; The Vermont House on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would revamp the state&rsquo;s search-and-rescue policy in wake of the tragic death of 19-year-old Levi Duclos on a Ripton hiking trail this past January.</p> <p> The legislation would set up some interim rules requiring Vermont Department of Public Safety, with the help of local emergency organizations, to immediately respond &ldquo;to every search and rescue call for help, which shall include an immediate call to the department&rsquo;s search and rescue team.&rdquo;</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/11563">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201204vt-house-updates-search-and-rescue-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Featured legislature search and rescue Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:13:17 +0000 John Flowers 11563 at http://addisonindependent.com State police promise new search and rescue policy http://addisonindependent.com/201204state-police-promise-new-search-and-rescue-policy <p> VERMONT &mdash; The culture of the Vermont State Police is the biggest obstacle to its effectiveness, the aunt of a teenager who died on a hiking trail in January told a Senate committee last week. Alternately defensive, accommodating and apologetic, state police and state officials also testified.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/11352">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201204state-police-promise-new-search-and-rescue-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont search and rescue Vermont State Police Thu, 05 Apr 2012 15:40:29 +0000 Andrew Stein 11352 at http://addisonindependent.com Vermont State Police are updating search and rescue policy http://addisonindependent.com/201202vermont-state-police-are-updating-search-and-rescue-policy <p> WATERBURY &mdash; Vermont State Police issued a statement today saying they are revising their search and rescue policy.</p> <p class="Bodycopy"> The move comes after VSP received public criticism for their slow response last month to the report of a hiker missing in the Green Mountains &mdash; 19-year-old Levi Duclos &mdash; who subsequently died on the trail.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/10971">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201202vermont-state-police-are-updating-search-and-rescue-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Lincoln New Haven crime Levi Duclos search and rescue Vermont State Police VSP Mon, 27 Feb 2012 23:04:04 +0000 Addison Independent 10971 at http://addisonindependent.com Lawmakers call for new search rules: Backlash continues after Duclos Death http://addisonindependent.com/201202lawmakers-call-new-search-rules-backlash-continues-after-duclos-death <p> MONPTELIER &mdash; House and Senate lawmakers on Monday are drafting legislation that would clearly define search-and-rescue protocols for Vermont emergency responders in connection with lost or injured hikers, this in the wake of the tragic death of 19-year-old Levi Duclos on a Ripton trail last month.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/10929">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201202lawmakers-call-new-search-rules-backlash-continues-after-duclos-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Featured Levi Duclos search and rescue Vermont State Police Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:00:28 +0000 John Flowers 10929 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: A tragedy of misplaced priorities http://addisonindependent.com/201202editorial-tragedy-misplaced-priorities <p> That the Vermont State Police failed to adequately respond in a search for 19-year-old Levi Duclos, who was reported to state police as an overdue hiker in Ripton on Jan. 9, has been acknowledged by most, outraged first responders and rescue volunteers across the state, distressed friends and local residents, and shaken the public&rsquo;s confidence in the state police force.</p> <p> It is clear to almost everyone that this is a tragedy that might have been prevented had a better system been in place.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/10919">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201202editorial-tragedy-misplaced-priorities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Levi Duclos search and rescue Vermont State Police Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:12:38 +0000 Christian Woodard 10919 at http://addisonindependent.com Approach to lost hikers different in other states http://addisonindependent.com/201202approach-lost-hikers-different-other-states <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Vermont State Police have primary responsibility for finding lost hikers and other missing people in all areas of the state that are not covered by municipal police departments.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/10878">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201202approach-lost-hikers-different-other-states" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury Levi Duclos search and rescue Vermont State Police Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:40:10 +0000 Christian Woodard 10878 at http://addisonindependent.com