Vt.’s first search-rescue coordinator works in Ad’ks

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP)?- The state of Vermont has appointed the team leader for Stowe Mountain Rescue to oversee training and development of local, county and state search-and-rescue teams, officials announced recently.

Neil Van Dyke will become the state’s first search and rescue coordinator on Dec. 2.

As a founding member of Stowe Mountain Rescue and team leader for over 25 years Van Dyke he has taken part in nearly 1,000 search and rescue missions, officials said.

Van Dyke also has been a member of the local fire department and rescue squad and serves as Stowe’s emerge ncy management director. He also was president of the national Mountain Rescue Association from 2010-2012 and has served as a seasonal backcountry ranger in New York’s Adirondack Park since 2007.

“Neil’s previous experience makes him perfectly suited to coordinating Vermont’s search and rescue efforts,” Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn said. “We believe this step forward in creating a unified approach to managing search and rescue operations in Vermont will result in the efficient and successful resolution to incidents involving lost and injured individuals.”