The Blanco County Search and Rescue Unit was founded in 1997 after an incident involving an elderly gentleman who suffered from dementia. It became evident that we as a community were unprepared to facilitate a search involving a large search area and rough terrain. This event prompted the idea and creation of our unit. With the help of Lt. Bill White, the Blanco County Search and Rescue was created. The original funding was provided by the Blanco County Commissioners Court, however, since that time the unit has been dependant on our community’s support and our fund raising efforts.
As times and needs have changed, the unit has adapted and changed as well. The Blanco County Search and Rescue Unit has been called, and responded many times over the years. The search areas and conditions vary. We are very proud of the fact that we have many times been called to assist other agencies and have thus far been able to respond.
This unit is supported by donations from our communities and for assistance we have provided for large events held within our county.
On April 30, 2011, we will gather at the Blanco County Fairgrounds; this event is to be our primary fundraiser. There will be a ranch rodeo, washer pitching, BBQ by donation, dance, live and silent auctions, as well as entertainment throughout the day and evening. DPS Austin will have a helicopter and pilot, and Fire and EMS from Blanco, Johnson City, and Round Mountain will have equipment and members to answer questions and give an up close look at how things work.
This is a great opportunity for citizens from all over the county to come out and meet the groups and organizations who respond to any and all crises that take place here.
We are very pleased to announce that we have recently linked our team with a much larger team who is known and recognized over a large part of the United States; United States Homeland Emergency Response Organization (US HERO), known locally as TRR, Texas Rescue and Recovery. This group is multi-faceted with special teams trained in many different types of search and rescue operations.
We invite you to come join us April 30, and enjoy the events. Meet your local responders, see how and what they do, and enable our group to better equip ourselves and train to better suit your needs.