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Grand Canyon National Park

2009/2010 Accomplishment Report

Division of Visitor and Resource Protection

The Grand Canyon Peer Support Team was re- established with 14 members who work on both the North and South Rims and in the Inner Canyon. Team members assisted approximately 116 people (both employees and family members involved in incidents in the role of family liaison) through the Critical Incident Stress Management program. The park’s team also supported Glen Canyon and Lake Mead National Recreations Areas, Petrified Forest National Park and Navajo National Monument.

Preventative Search and Rescue

This program provides information on hiking safety with an emphasis on eliminating unsafe hiking practices. These activities have led to a direct decrease in the number of heat-related injuries and have demonstrated the capacity to save human life on the park trails. This program is the division’s largest participant in the Volunteers-in-Parks program.

Search and rescue training. NPS photos

Search and Rescue

Grand Canyon’s program is one of the most highly recognized search-and-rescue programs in the NPS. The park experiences an average of 300 minor and 150 major search-and-rescue events each year. The program is supported through multiple park-wide rescue caches and one dedicated rescue apparatus.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Preventative Search-and-Rescue (PSAR) was started in 1997, in an effort to reduce the hundreds of heat-related illnesses among park visitors every summer. Some of those illnesses resulted in deaths that could have been avoided with better preparation and planning. PSAR rangers patrol the upper portions of the main park trails, including Bright Angel and South Kaibab, questioning hikers and offering heat safety tips and information. NPS photo

Grand Canyon National Park’s EMS response and transport program provides advanced life-support services using 79 permanent/seasonal paramedics and emergency medical technicians. The program manages four medical transport ambulances and uses the Park’s year-round helicopter. The EMS program is supported in part by an extensive ambulance transport billing system which included 985 transports in 2009. The total EMS workload for an average year is more than 1,300 calls for service.


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