Search/Rescue

Beginning in 2018 O.A.T.S. is providing a “call as needed” mounted search and rescue option for Roanoke City; Roanoke County; Salem; and Franklin County.

Mounted search/rescue is available only if both staff and one of three horses designated for this service (of the 20 owned by O.A.T.S.) is available.

Rider/horse can cover much more distance than people on foot as well as better handle rough terrain. Additionally, the view from horseback is surprisingly much greater of the ground detail than any person observes when on foot.

Horses also have the ability to be given a scent, and then recognize that scent when happened upon in the search.

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