Vilas County sheriff donates equipment to Newbold search and rescue teamSubmitted: 04/20/2019
Stephen Goin
Stephen Goin

Vilas County sheriff donates equipment to Newbold search and rescue team
NEWBOLD - If it's Saturday, it's training day for the Newbold Fire Department in Oneida County. 

It's one of the few Northwoods agencies with a completely volunteer search and rescue team.

They've gone as far as Iron County to put those tracking skills to use.

"Having a fire department as search and rescue is a little unique," said Newbold's Fire Chief Mark Fetzer.

A group of well-trained K-9's gives them an edge. 

"That dog is going to find the scent and give us a direction," said Newbold's Assistant Fire Chief and rescue coordinator Steve Siefert.

After a donation from the Vilas County Sheriff's Office, Newbold Fire is even better equipped for future missions.

"They may have reached end of life for us in our squad cars but we felt it was a great tool to be donating to Newbold," said Vilas County Sherriff Joseph Faith.

Those old squad car laptops will become new again when Newbold's search and rescue team starts to use them.

"The laptops allow us to organize, pre-plan, we can get to see what type of terrain where getting into," said Siefert.

They even allow the search and rescue team to track their K-9's in real time to make sure they don't cover the same area twice.

Siefert added the volunteer role takes serious time and commitment.

"It's training, training, training constantly," said Siefert.

But with updated technology and help from man's best friend, that training may just save a life.

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