Have you heard about the Paradise Ball? This is a fun, dress-in-your-finest social event, sponsored by the Paradise Exchange Club – and this year Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Inc., an all-volunteer team, is the beneficiary! Save the date April 11th, 2015 at the Paradise Veterans Memorial Hall, 7pm to midnight.
Pre-purchase a table at this event for ten of your close friends, employees or family members for only $500. This pre-purchase price provides great benefits: appetizers, wine, commemorative glassware and the opportunity to bid on some spectacular auction items, along with dancing to the sounds of the Swizzle Stixs Band. Give your business some great publicity and help support your local Search and Rescue team. Single tickets are also available – but we anticipate that this event will sell out, so do not delay your purchase.
Tickets are available in Paradise at Ace Rentals at 5810 Clark Road, Dave’s Camera at 6020 Skyway, PIP Printing at 597 Pearson Road, and in Chico at Made in Chico, 127 West 3rd Street.
Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Inc. is a very active search and rescue team. In calendar year 2014, their volunteers responded to 109 search or rescue incidents, participated in 188 training exercises, and committed over 7,800 hours of service to the citizens of Butte County.
These Search and Rescue volunteers are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and respond to many different types of incidents, including searches for lost or missing persons, technical/over-the-edge rescues, helicopter rescues, swift water and dive rescues, mountain and remote area rescues, wildland fire and flood evacuations as well as providing assistance to local law enforcement agencies. These dedicated individuals take time away from home, work, family and friends to respond to these emergencies.
Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Inc. is very grateful to the citizens of Butte County for their continued support over the past 54 years. This past year, some of the donations received were used to update the team’s primary rescue boat, purchase new flight helmets to improve safety and communication capacities during helicopter operations, purchase a new heavy duty trailer to transport the Sno-Cat to remote area mountain rescues, and to replace an outdated underwater camera used during water search and recovery missions.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team has a sizeable number of vehicles that are used on search and rescue incidents. Donations from the community help purchase and maintain critical equipment that includes two primary rescue vehicles, one command vehicle, two snowmobiles, two off-road utility vehicles (one with tracks for snow operations), a tracked ARGO (for deep snow operations), a Sno-Cat (for deep snow operations), two rescue watercraft, one flat-bottom jet boat and one inflatable rescue boat.
Additionally, the team maintains a technical rescue/over-the-edge and swift-water rescue equipment cache. Last, but certainly not least, the team has been developing a county-wide radio communication network, that when fully implemented, will allow for a fully functioning communication system, even in the most remote areas of Butte County.
For further information on the Paradise Ball, or for more information regarding joining or helping to support our search and re