Search for SFD Chief Continues | 7

UPDATE 7: November 12, 2021, 2230 PT

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has released a statement for Friday, November 12, 2021.

The search for Seattle Deputy Fire Chief Jay Schreckengost is still happening. The many Search and Rescue, Fire and Law Enforcement volunteers who’ve participated in and supported this search have been undeterred by challenging terrain and cold, wet conditions. These remarkable, trained volunteers and professionals will continue the search tomorrow and Sunday if need be, to bring the Chief home to his family.

This photo was pulled from a security camera where the Chief bought gas in Naches on Monday night, 11/1, the day before he went hunting and went missing. Please keep him, his family, and the searchers in your thoughts.

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Credit | Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office

To the generous people who’ve offered to help search but are not certified SAR workers, Firefighters, or Law Enforcement: thank you for your desire to help.

Our search coordinators are 100% occupied with this urgent search and cannot vet people at this time; and we simply can’t send people out in these conditions and this terrain without having first-hand knowledge of their skills, condition, and abilities.

We know this has frustrated some people, and we appreciate their grace and understanding. We also want to reassure everyone who wants to see the Chief found.

We have an amazing team of skilled people that includes both local knowledge and subject-matter expertise. And we continue to ask for anyone with information they believe might help the search to call Kittcom at 509-925-8534.

We are getting tips and suggestions and we are following up on them.” – KCSO

SAR Volunteers Are A Priceless Asset

I met my future husband on a SAR training exercise one weekend more than three decades ago. At the time I met him, I had already gained two years of training in the Disaster SAR world as a volunteer and Board member.

He was an air scent K9 Handler for a SAR Dog organization within our local County Sheriff’s Office.

Over the course of several years, we found ourselves deeply involved with various SAR groups in both King and Pierce Counties. Due to an ankle injury, I was unable to follow my dream of being a SAR K9 handler with my husband but instead was a great supporter for him and involved in other groups supporting the County Sheriff’s Office. Though we have since been long inactive from any SAR group, we know that these men and women, but young and older, are part of a great organization that works to bring back loved ones to their families to help with closure. They have invested a lot into this and they deserve to be recognized for these efforts, no matter how small or large an incident is or becomes.

To become a SAR volunteer, it is required to take several compliance classes, such as First Aid/CPR/AED, Bloodborne Pathogens, Crime Scene Awareness, Helicopter Safety, Map and Compass, SAR Techniques, SAR Survival, FEMA Government classes IS100 and IS700, Searcher Safety and the list goes on. There are required classes that must be taken through the County SAR Academy each year. (King has one). Some organizations within an association may have additional training needed to become “certified” with their group.

These men and women in SAR today will go beyond the ends of the Earth when they are called 24/7/365, just like a firefighter does when their Dispatch Center sends them out on a call or, like the Coast Guard when they are sent to save someone on a cliff or in dangerous seas. These two professions I mentioned here are paid, while Search-and-Rescue volunteers are just that – 100% volunteer. Many of them devote time away from their families, co-workers, friends, and communities they live, work, and play in. They spend a large number of countless hours receiving educational classes/courses/required training so they are compliant with Washington State laws.

They are the best at what they do because they have put in tireless efforts, deep devotion, logging a high sheer volume of training hours and education, as well as the most important activity – responding to SAR-related missions.

Washington State Mandates for SAR Volunteers

The State of Washington requires a lot of “required” training, which is governed by the Revised Code of Washington or what we call “RCW” (Chapter 38.52). As spelled out by this Law, the State Emergency Management Division, located at Camp Murray states how the law is very clear on many levels with all things SAR related by our State:

“Search and Rescue (SAR) in the State of Washington is governed primarily by the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) chapter 38.52. This law defines search and rescue, assigns responsibilities for SAR, establishes the position and duties of the state coordinator for SAR Operations (SAR coordinator), and establishes the extensive liability protection and compensation program which protects SAR volunteers in the State of Washington. Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 118-04 implements the provisions of RCW 38.52 by establishing the procedures and qualifications for registration of “emergency workers” (volunteers) and explains how the compensation program is administered.

The responsibility for land search and rescue operations rests with the “local chief law enforcement officer” (usually the County Sheriff). State law assigns responsibility for air search for downed or missing civil aircraft to the Department of Transportation, Aviation Division (RCW 47.68). Upon location of the downed aircraft, the incident becomes a land SAR operation under the direction and control of the chief law enforcement officer in whose jurisdiction the incident site is located.

Local directors of emergency management coordinate support for SAR operations in their jurisdictions and register volunteers in accordance with WAC 188-04. The state SAR Coordinator is responsible for resource coordination, multi-jurisdiction operations coordination, and administration of the Emergency Worker Program. There are 600-700 SAR missions a year in the state.

When appropriate, the coordinator manages the state’s role in Emergency Support Function (ESF) 9, Urban Search and Rescue (National Response Plan), and may activate the state’s Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) for operations coordination in large and/or multi-jurisdictional SAR missions. More information about the RCC is below.

Search and Rescue resources within the state come primarily from citizen volunteers, more than 5,000 strong, who cooperate with local law enforcement, giving of their time and personal resources to train and to search for and rescue lost and injured people.

The initial point of contact for local SAR coordinators or emergency management offices when requesting additional SAR mission resources is the State Emergency Operations Officer (SEOO). 

SAR Volunteers (Certified) Covered by State Insurance

The Emergency Worker Program is a volunteer-oriented program established by RCW 38.52.310.  Emergency workers are provided liability, medical, and personal property coverage as well as reimbursement for some incidental expenses while deployed on state-approved incidents and training events.  There are 18 classes or categories of emergency workers including Communications, Medical, and Search and Rescue.  Full details on the program are contained in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 118-04.

Learn More About SAR Groups

To learn more about local SAR Groups in the State of Washington, you can contact one of several listed here: (Note: this is not a complete list of organizations as there are 39 counties in our State).

Clark County Sheriff’s Office SAR: https://ccsosarwa.org/

King County Search and Rescue Association (KCSARA): https://kingcountysar.org/

Kitsap County SAR: https://www.kitsapdem.com/disasters/search-rescue/

Kittitas County Search and Rescue: https://kittitassar.org/

Lewis County SAR Inc.: https://www.lcsr-ems.org/

Mason County SAR: http://masoncountysar.org/

Pierce County Search and Rescue Council: https://www.pc-sar-council.org/

Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue: https://scvsar.org/

Spokane county SAR: https://www.facebook.com/spokanecountysar/ (Facebook Page)

Thurston County SAR Council: https://www.thurstoncountysar.org/home

Yakima County Search and Rescue: http://yakimasar.com/sar-groups/

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UPDATE 6: November 11, 2021, 1830 PT

The search for missing avid outdoorsman and experienced hunter/Seattle Fire Deputy Chief, Jay Schreckengost, is now entering its second week and multiple long days of searching for him. Those who continue to look for him as still hoping for a positive outcome of him being brought home to safety.

Snohomish County scanner traffic reporting SAR10 and SR41, resource request for the missing Chief at 1755 hours, November 11, 2021 (Thursday) to respond to the scene for mutual aid assistance.

Significant Event(s):

  • Day 1: WSP Troopers assisted with the search.

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office released this statement yesterday on their Facebook Page:

“The search for Seattle Deputy Fire Chief Jay Schreckengost is ongoing today, Wednesday 11/10, in the hills above Cliffdell in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Over a hundred people continued to participate in the search yesterday, including state Search and Rescue planners, K9 teams, drone teams, 4×4 teams, mountain rescue teams, and ground teams; a similar contingent is expected today. A significant portion of ground searchers is made up of Seattle and other Fire Department personnel.

SFD Battalion Chiefs are working with Sheriff’s Office Search Coordinators as liaisons, helping to manage the integration of these trained first responders into a rugged mountain wilderness rescue operation. Seattle Fire command personnel are on scene today, being briefed on search efforts and supporting their personnel.

The Sheriff’s Office thanks everyone who’s called Kittcom at 509-925-8534 with information that could potentially aid in the search. Please be assured that every avenue is being explored and every tip or suggestion is being evaluated in our urgency to find the Chief.”

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UPDATE 5: November 9, 2021

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has been very diligent and busy with the vast array of the multitude of disciplines and specialized searchers, both SAR volunteers and others that have joined the “search” for the avid hunter and Seattle Fire Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost enter another day of desperately looking for the missing fire Chief. Updates from the Sheriff’s Department are not daily and we are only adding updates as information is received.

A statement from the Kittitas County Sheriff Office was released on Monday, November 5, 2021. We ask that you not jump to any conclusions as to what you “think” happened or is happening. The Sheriff’s Office, we greatly assume is under heavy pressure from family and others to find their missing subject as quickly as possible.

“UPDATE 8:50 pm 11/8/21: THANKS FOR SHARING AND CALLING! WITH YOUR ASSISTANCE WE’VE CONTACTED THIS PERSON AND CAN MOVE ON WITH THE SEARCH.

Witnesses have described seeing a grey jeep along the portion of forest service rd 1703 above Cliffdell boxed out in the map below, on Tuesday morning, 11/2/21. We believe it was driven by another hunter in the area–the witnesses said they’d seen it around before–and we’re interested in talking to them to verify some of the facts underlying our search for Chief Schreckengost. The jeep described was grey, perhaps a 2000’s model, with a luggage rack attached to the bumper hitch. Based on the witness description we think it was a Wrangler.

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Credit | KCSO

There is NOTHING to suggest anyone associated with this jeep is a suspect in any wrongdoing, and we would ask that everyone refrain from wild and baseless speculation. We simply want to have the benefit of another pair of eyes that might have been in the area when Chief Schreckengost was on the move. If that vehicle or its driver is known to you, or if you own it, please call Kittcom at 509-925-8534.”

Area Designators | For those who are unfamiliar with these search areas.

  • Cliffdell is in Yakima County. SR410 is also named the Chinook Scenic Byway and the Stephen Mather Memorial Parkway, which is a 107.44-mile long state highway that extends in Pierce, King, and Yakima Counties, Washington.
  • Oak Creek Wildlife Refuge is located in Stephens County.
  • Wenatchee National Forest: is a 1,735,394-acres or 2,711-square miles that extends 137 miles along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range of Washington from the Okanogan National Forest to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The forest is located in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima counties.

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UPDATE 4: November 6, 2021, 1900 PT

Weather Reports | There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until Monday, November 8, 2021, that ends at 0600 hours PT. Snow and ice impacts over the next 5 days are expected. Snow accumulations in the amount of four to eight inches have been forecasted. Current temps at 1755 hours PT was listed as 29*F.

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Credit | KCSO

Future weather forecasts indicate 1-3″ between 0000 starting Tuesday, November 9th and to end at 2000 hours. A coating to one- inch is expected to begin on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, from 0800 hours to 2200 hours. Tuesday, November 11, 2021, there is an estimated 3-6″ of snow to start dropping at 0200 and ending at 0800 hours.

There is a 20-percent chance that there will be closures in the area on both Monday and Tuesday.

Update from KCSO | The Kittitas County Sheriff released a statement earlier this evening, stating they have continued their active search for missing avid and experienced hunter and SFD Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost who was last heard from his family on November 2nd, after failing to report he returned safely to his rental cabin that same night. He left his pick-up about three miles north of SR 410 to scout for elk he planned to hunt the following day.

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Since, the last day he was heard or seen from, large search parties across the state have been scouring the Wenatchee National Forest area to locate and bring him home.

Resources | Resources include SAR volunteers and other personnel who are volunteering their time and efforts from seven counties, including from the Seattle Fire Department. The Department has also provided equipment and logistical support which is being overseen y Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, a Chinook helicopter has been provided by the Air Force and specialized SAR units that consist of Mtn Rescue, 4×4 SAR and six SAR K9 teams.

Conditions | Search conditions include difficult and rugged terrain, adverse weather that includes the last two days of periodic snow falling in the search area.

The Chief’s family is present, both searching with trained personnel in the field and assisting with intelligence for the search at the base of operations.

Tips or Information | The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office and all the committed personnel involved in the search know the deep concern of SFD for their missing Chief, and share their urgency to find and bring him home. Anyone with information they believe might help the search for Chief Schreckengost is asked to call Kittcom, Kittitas County’s dispatch center, at 509-925-8534.

Editor’s Comments: As a former SAR volunteer with a different County, we know that these are difficult and emotional times for all those involved. Additionally, we know the Counties are working diligently to bring all resources together to locate him as quickly as possible. If not already called, we are hoping they are using the PNW Trackers and trailing SAR K9s from King County or within/near their County. We will post more information as the exact resource list is available. – Ed

Point-Last-Seen | The location of the coordinates given by the Chief’s daughter in her original post on 11/4/2021, we think this may be the area they are referring to. This is said to be at FS Road 1703.

USFS FS Road Alerts | Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

  • FS Rd. 1703 Gold Creek Road. Alert issued September 30, 2021. It was decommissioned from milepost 2.0 to 2.1. Areas below this road system can be accessed below the decommissioned area from Forest Service Road 1703. Above the decommissioned area by FS Road 1705.
  • FS Rd. 1900 Little Naches. Alert issued September 30, 2021.
  • FS Rd. 1901 Quartz Creek. Alert issues September 30, 2021.
  • FS Rd. 1308 Indian Creek, Alert issued August 20, 2021. Closed at junction with 1382 due to flood waters and large debris that washed out and blocked the last portion of the road to the trailhead. No anticipated repair at this time.
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About Cliffdell, Washington | This is an unincorporated community in Yakima County, about 23 miles west of Ellensburg (Kittitas County), Washington. It was originally named Spring Flats but later their name was changed to honor settlers Cliff and Della Schott of Seattle, Washington.

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UPDATE 3: November 6, 2021, 1235 PT

Updated information regarding Donating to Search and Rescue organizations participating in the search and KCSO’s November 4th original statement released (via Facebook).

Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputies and volunteers with Kittitas Search and Rescue are actively searching for Seattle Fire Department Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost in the Cliffdell area of Kittitas County, north of State Route 410.

Chief Schreckengost texted his family he would be elk hunting in the area when he left his rented cabin near SR 410 on Tuesday, 11/2; but they didn’t receive notification of his return to the cabin that night.

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Credit | KCSO

The area where Chief Schreckengost was staying and hunting is close to the boundary between Kittitas and Yakima counties; his family notified the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office he hadn’t returned.

Yakima determined the area he was hunting in was in Kittitas County, and both Sheriff’s Offices now have resources committed to the search.

Chief Schreckengost’s pickup was located on Wednesday and became the epicenter of the search.

As of Thursday morning, Search and Rescue coordinators are overseeing seven teams of ground searchers, four K9 search teams, and infrared-equipped drones from both counties.

Dozens of volunteers from the Seattle Fire Department have been incorporated into the effort to locate their Deputy Chief. The search is occurring in remote and challenging mountainous terrain with limited, narrow access roads.

Search teams need unfettered access to work most efficiently as they hope to locate the Chief before the onset of expected bad weather this weekend, and ask people not involved in the search to stay clear.

Anyone who has any information they believe could help locate Chief Schreckengost is asked to call Kittcom, the unified Kittitas County emergency dispatch center, at 509-925-8534.

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UPDATE 2: November 6, 2021, 1110 PT

Incident Summary | Though avid hunter and SFD DC Chief Jay Schreckengost has not been located (yet) and we are all hopeful that he will be (soon), here is an update on the search activity that has occurred since Friday into today, Saturday.

Private Searches Funding | NOTE: Both the Kittitas and Yakima County Sheriff’s Offices and volunteers do not charge for SAR missions. The Search and Rescue associations that support these Counties, including any others are operated by 100% volunteers. Donations can be offered to these groups to help offset costs (out of their own pockets) which also include gear, equipment, food, lodging (if they are not camping or staying in vehicles), fuel, operational, and other expenses.

Daughter Creates GoFundMe page | See below her information.

SATURDAY SEARCH (ORGANIZED BY DAUGHTER, MARISA SCHRECKENGOST)

Chief Schreckengost’s daughter, Marisa, made a plea on her Social Media page for all first responders and trained able bodies to help search for her dad between 0700-0730 on Saturday searching from Whistlin Jack Lodge. Wants all to check in with her before going up to the trail to search for him.

UPDATE: FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE, OR TRAINED PERSONNEL ONLY AT THIS POINT. ANOTHER SEARCH WILL START AT 7/730am tomorrow (Saturday) from Whistlin Jack lodge. Please check in here for an assignment before going up to the trail.

The GoFundMe page is asking for $10,000 to help fund his private search party’s lodging, food, gas, and private air searches. As of today, they have reached $12,865, which is over and above their goal. If you would still like to help them with their efforts, go to their GoFundMe page as listed above.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/jay-schreckengosts-rescue-fund

PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL PAGES AND NETWORKS. CALLING ON ALL OF OUR FIREFIGHTER & POLICE BROTHERS (OR OTHER TRAINED PERSONNEL/ABLE BODIES)— the Schreckengost family needs your help in finding my father, Jay. He is a Seattle Fire Deputy Chief and is still missing.

We are incredibly worried as he was supposed to check in Tuesday evening during his hunting trip. We are looking for people to help support the search and rescue team.

Please see the instructions below:

1. The search party will begin at 7/730am at the Whistlin’ Jack lodge and restaurant.

2. If you arrive after this time, the search party is located at these coordinates: Gold creek wildlife area forest road 1703- Mapping coordinates 46.971028-121.010631 (this is where his truck is located and must have parked to scout)

3. Please approach the command unit and sign up for a search team and grab rescue gear (vest, gps, etc). If you have an orange vest, please bring one. Be prepared for rain and durable hiking shoes.

4. The rescue team will provide further instructions.

IF YOU HAVE HOUSING (CABINS, RVS, ETC). we are looking to house all search and rescue teams. Please reach out if you have anything available. Housing is an issue.

If you’re coming to help, please carpool if you can and reach out to your networks to find lodging if you can as there are not many places to stay close to the trail.

If you’re able to help, we would greatly appreciate it. We are desperate to find him. I don’t have service so please use this post as your communication.

Seattle Firefighters Join Search for Missing Colleague | Last night, we received news that one of our Seattle Fire Dept. Deputy Chiefs – Jay Schreckengost – was reported to be missing in Eastern Washington. We are deeply saddened about this news and are holding Jay and his family close in our hearts. We are hopeful for positive news that he will be found safe. A group of Seattle firefighters has traveled over to Eastern, WA today to assist local authorities in their search.” – Seattle Fire Department/November 4, 2021.

We are keeping both the Chief and first responders in our thoughts.” – Nile-Cliffdell Fire & Rescue District #4.

Resource | Horseback | Private searching for the Deputy Chief includes horseback for several days. Reports of rough terrain and conditions well into day’s end to the edge of when they lost daylight.

Point-Last-Seen | Map of Area

Jay Schreckengost was last seen on November 2nd, at 7:00am at the Oak Creek wildlife area on Forest Road 1703- Mapping coordinates 46.971028-121.010631.

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Resource | Air Support

A Chinook helicopter was spotted to assist from the air. (News Media: Yakima Herald)

News Coverage | News Media | Hundreds of SAR volunteers continue the search for missing Seattle DC Fire Chief Schreckengost. Per SFD, states this is very much an active SAR mission as the Deputy Chief has been missing for five days. (Brian Flores TV/KCPQ 13 Fox News /Seattle)

Another Firefighter in Washington Still Missing | Joshua Ryan Milton, 36, of Bothell, Washington | Missing since December 2015 | A missing firefighter’s vehicle was found at Deception Pass on December 12, 2015. He was reported missing after failing to report to a shift at Harborview Medical Center’s Paramedic School. Searches in this area were unsuccessful. We know his friends and family are still searching for him to this day. | Call Seattle Police if you have any information or tips on his whereabouts.

Donations to Volunteer Organizations | You can help support these volunteers by visiting their page and making a donation. Here are several organizations we see are participating in this search.

Kittitas County Search and Rescue (Association) | https://kittitassar.org | Based out of Ellensburg, Washington

The KCSR organization was formed in 1991 at the request of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office. Their mission is to provide personnel to the Sheriff’s Office to conduct search, rescue, recovery, and evacuation operations primarily within Kittitas County. They are highly trained and experienced in types of missions that may include: lost or missing persons, injured hikers or climbers, lost or injured snowmobilers, avalanche search and rescue, airplane crashes, evidence searches, forest fire road closures and floods/evacuations. There are 10 specialized teams within their Association that include: Communications, Ground Teams, Backcountry Ground Team, Winter Backcountry Ground Team, Horse Team, Snowmobile Team, ORV Team, Dog (SARK9s) Team, UAS Team, Mission Support Team and the Youth SAR Team.

They only serve under the direction of the Sheriff’s Office and cannot be called outside of this Law Enforcement agency.

They hold their meetings in Ellensburg (even-numbered months) and Cle Elum (odd months). The Public is welcome to attend.

Donations Page – https://kittitassar.org/?fbclid=IwAR3qxW0oQ_YgevksiUrx-N5rDXoVpDbNwfOcS0EmRObuRuAzWq1N9g7Vo7s

Yakima County Search and Rescue (Council) | yakimasar.com | Based out of Yakima, Washington

The YCSAR is all about individuals who are 100% volunteers that give their time and efforts “So That Others May Live” (a known SAR tagline that all volunteers live by). The Council is made up of several different specialized units that search for missing hunters, hikers, snowmobilers, skiers, bikers, the young, and the elderly. They also assist/rescue injured persons that have resulted from falling from horseback, mountains, or other wilderness activities. They help with equipment mobilization for wildland firefighting activities. Other SAR activities may include safety patrols for community events.

The Council has seven groups, the ATV Team, Water Response Team, Snowmobile Team, Yakima County SAR team, Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Upper Valley SAR Team and the Central Washington Mountain Rescue unit.

Donations (Check or Money Order) can be sent to Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, 1822 South 1st Street, Yakima, Washington 98903.

To learn more about this organization or learn about joining SAR, you can visit info@YakimaSAR.com.

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UPDATE 1: November 4, 2021, 2230 PT

Incident Summary | NACHES, WASHINGTON — An experienced and avid hunter, a 30-year veteran with the Seattle Fire Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost was reported missing by his family on November 2, 2021, after elk hunting in the area of Cliffdell, near SR 410. On Tuesday, DC Schreckengost’s wife had received a text from him that he had parked his truck and was headed out to go hunting. He was to return to his rented cabin at the Squaw Rock Resort.

Location of Lodging/Cabin | The RV Resort and Campground is located in the 15000 block on SR410 in Naches, Washington. Cliffdell is located approximately 22.6 miles from the Naches area. When his wife never received his text stating he had returned home that night, his family reportedly went looking for him on Wednesday but were unable to locate him and called the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office to report him as a missing hunter.

Two Counties Serving in Unified Command | Together, both Kittitas and Yakima Counties have pulled their vast array of resources together and are in Unified Command, which includes numerous Deputies, SAR volunteers, infrared drones, and members from the Seattle Fire Department.

AVOID THIS AREA.

Point-Last-Seen | His daughter posted on Social Media that her father, DC Schreckengost was last seen at 0700 hours on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, in the Oak Creek Wildlife area, off of Forest Service Road 1703. Lat/Long 46.971028 -121.010631.

Description | He is described as a caucasian male in his late fifties about 6’2″, around 250-pounds, bald, and has blue eyes.

HUNTER / SEATTLE FIRE DEPUTY CHIEF JAY SCHRECKENGOST

Credit | Marisa Schreckengost (Permission granted on her FB Page)

Seattle FD Official Statement Released | “We are hoping Deputy Chief Schreckengost is found soon and is safe – until then we continue to keep him and his family in our thoughts and hearts. Thank you to all who are assisting with the search efforts to locate him.” – Seattle Fire Department FB Page

Truck Recovered | His truck was recovered on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, as reported by Law Enforcement Officials. A search appears to be ongoing from the point-last-seen from the recovered truck location.

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Credit | KCSO

Tips or Info? Call the KITTCOM Dispatch Center | If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call KITTCOM at 509-925-8534.

Media Blitz Coverage | Please SHARE this post with your friends, family, co-workers, and on your Social Media platforms, so that we can help assist in bringing him back to his family. – Thank you.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Search for SFD Chief Continues | 6

UPDATE 6 | NOVEMBER 11, 2021 | 1830 PT

The search for missing avid outdoorsman and experienced hunter/Seattle Fire Deputy Chief, Jay Schreckengost, is now entering its second week and multiple long days of searching for him. Those who continue to look for him as still hoping for a positive outcome of him being brought home to safety.

Snohomish County scanner traffic reporting SAR10 and SR41, resource request for the missing Chief at 1755 hours, November 11, 2021 (Thursday) to respond to the scene for mutual aid assistance.

Significant Event(s):

  • Day 1: WSP Troopers assisted with the search.

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office released this statement yesterday on their Facebook Page:

“The search for Seattle Deputy Fire Chief Jay Schreckengost is ongoing today, Wednesday 11/10, in the hills above Cliffdell in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Over a hundred people continued to participate in the search yesterday, including state Search and Rescue planners, K9 teams, drone teams, 4×4 teams, mountain rescue teams, and ground teams; a similar contingent is expected today. A significant portion of ground searchers is made up of Seattle and other Fire Department personnel.

SFD Battalion Chiefs are working with Sheriff’s Office Search Coordinators as liaisons, helping to manage the integration of these trained first responders into a rugged mountain wilderness rescue operation. Seattle Fire command personnel are on scene today, being briefed on search efforts and supporting their personnel.

The Sheriff’s Office thanks everyone who’s called Kittcom at 509-925-8534 with information that could potentially aid in the search. Please be assured that every avenue is being explored and every tip or suggestion is being evaluated in our urgency to find the Chief.”

UPDATE 5 | NOVEMBER 9, 2021

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has been very diligent and busy with the vast array of the multitude of disciplines and specialized searchers, both SAR volunteers and others that have joined the “search” for the avid hunter and Seattle Fire Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost enter another day of desperately looking for the missing fire Chief. Updates from the Sheriff’s Department are not daily and we are only adding updates as information is received.

A statement from the Kittitas County Sheriff Office was released on Monday, November 5, 2021. We ask that you not jump to any conclusions as to what you “think” happened or is happening. The Sheriff’s Office, we greatly assume is under heavy pressure from family and others to find their missing subject as quickly as possible.

“UPDATE 8:50 pm 11/8/21: THANKS FOR SHARING AND CALLING! WITH YOUR ASSISTANCE WE’VE CONTACTED THIS PERSON AND CAN MOVE ON WITH THE SEARCH.

Witnesses have described seeing a grey jeep along the portion of forest service rd 1703 above Cliffdell boxed out in the map below, on Tuesday morning, 11/2/21. We believe it was driven by another hunter in the area–the witnesses said they’d seen it around before–and we’re interested in talking to them to verify some of the facts underlying our search for Chief Schreckengost. The jeep described was grey, perhaps a 2000’s model, with a luggage rack attached to the bumper hitch. Based on the witness description we think it was a Wrangler.

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Credit | KCSO

There is NOTHING to suggest anyone associated with this jeep is a suspect in any wrongdoing, and we would ask that everyone refrain from wild and baseless speculation. We simply want to have the benefit of another pair of eyes that might have been in the area when Chief Schreckengost was on the move. If that vehicle or its driver is known to you, or if you own it, please call Kittcom at 509-925-8534.”

Area Designators | For those who are unfamiliar with these search areas.

  • Cliffdell is in Yakima County. SR410 is also named the Chinook Scenic Byway and the Stephen Mather Memorial Parkway, which is a 107.44-mile long state highway that extends in Pierce, King, and Yakima Counties, Washington.
  • Oak Creek Wildlife Refuge is located in Stephens County.
  • Wenatchee National Forest: is a 1,735,394-acres or 2,711-square miles that extends 137 miles along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range of Washington from the Okanogan National Forest to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The forest is located in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima counties.

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UPDATE 4 | NOVEMBER 6 | 1900 PT

Weather Reports | There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until Monday, November 8, 2021, that ends at 0600 hours PT. Snow and ice impacts over the next 5 days are expected. Snow accumulations in the amount of four to eight inches have been forecasted. Current temps at 1755 hours PT was listed as 29*F.

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Credit | KCSO

Future weather forecasts indicate 1-3″ between 0000 starting Tuesday, November 9th and to end at 2000 hours. A coating to one- inch is expected to begin on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, from 0800 hours to 2200 hours. Tuesday, November 11, 2021, there is an estimated 3-6″ of snow to start dropping at 0200 and ending at 0800 hours.

There is a 20-percent chance that there will be closures in the area on both Monday and Tuesday.

Update from KCSO | The Kittitas County Sheriff released a statement earlier this evening, stating they have continued their active search for missing avid and experienced hunter and SFD Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost who was last heard from his family on November 2nd, after failing to report he returned safely to his rental cabin that same night. He left his pick-up about three miles north of SR 410 to scout for elk he planned to hunt the following day.

Credit | Bing

Since, the last day he was heard or seen from, large search parties across the state have been scouring the Wenatchee National Forest area to locate and bring him home.

Resources | Resources include SAR volunteers and other personnel who are volunteering their time and efforts from seven counties, including from the Seattle Fire Department. The Department has also provided equipment and logistical support which is being overseen y Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, a Chinook helicopter has been provided by the Air Force and specialized SAR units that consist of Mtn Rescue, 4×4 SAR and six SAR K9 teams.

Conditions | Search conditions include difficult and rugged terrain, adverse weather that includes the last two days of periodic snow falling in the search area.

The Chief’s family is present, both searching with trained personnel in the field and assisting with intelligence for the search at the base of operations.

Tips or Information | The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office and all the committed personnel involved in the search know the deep concern of SFD for their missing Chief, and share their urgency to find and bring him home. Anyone with information they believe might help the search for Chief Schreckengost is asked to call Kittcom, Kittitas County’s dispatch center, at 509-925-8534.

Editor’s Comments: As a former SAR volunteer with a different County, we know that these are difficult and emotional times for all those involved. Additionally, we know the Counties are working diligently to bring all resources together to locate him as quickly as possible. If not already called, we are hoping they are using the PNW Trackers and trailing SAR K9s from King County or within/near their County. We will post more information as the exact resource list is available. – Ed

Point-Last-Seen | The location of the coordinates given by the Chief’s daughter in her original post on 11/4/2021, we think this may be the area they are referring to. This is said to be at FS Road 1703.

USFS FS Road Alerts | Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

  • FS Rd. 1703 Gold Creek Road. Alert issued September 30, 2021. It was decommissioned from milepost 2.0 to 2.1. Areas below this road system can be accessed below the decommissioned area from Forest Service Road 1703. Above the decommissioned area by FS Road 1705.
  • FS Rd. 1900 Little Naches. Alert issued September 30, 2021.
  • FS Rd. 1901 Quartz Creek. Alert issues September 30, 2021.
  • FS Rd. 1308 Indian Creek, Alert issued August 20, 2021. Closed at junction with 1382 due to flood waters and large debris that washed out and blocked the last portion of the road to the trailhead. No anticipated repair at this time.
Credit | Google

About Cliffdell, Washington | This is an unincorporated community in Yakima County, about 23 miles west of Ellensburg (Kittitas County), Washington. It was originally named Spring Flats but later their name was changed to honor settlers Cliff and Della Schott of Seattle, Washington.

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UPDATE 3 | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | PUBLISHED 1235 PT

Updated information regarding Donating to Search and Rescue organizations participating in the search and KCSO’s November 4th original statement released (via Facebook).

Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputies and volunteers with Kittitas Search and Rescue are actively searching for Seattle Fire Department Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost in the Cliffdell area of Kittitas County, north of State Route 410.

Chief Schreckengost texted his family he would be elk hunting in the area when he left his rented cabin near SR 410 on Tuesday, 11/2; but they didn’t receive notification of his return to the cabin that night.

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Credit | KCSO

The area where Chief Schreckengost was staying and hunting is close to the boundary between Kittitas and Yakima counties; his family notified the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office he hadn’t returned.

Yakima determined the area he was hunting in was in Kittitas County, and both Sheriff’s Offices now have resources committed to the search.

Chief Schreckengost’s pickup was located on Wednesday and became the epicenter of the search.

As of Thursday morning, Search and Rescue coordinators are overseeing seven teams of ground searchers, four K9 search teams, and infrared-equipped drones from both counties.

Dozens of volunteers from the Seattle Fire Department have been incorporated into the effort to locate their Deputy Chief. The search is occurring in remote and challenging mountainous terrain with limited, narrow access roads.

Search teams need unfettered access to work most efficiently as they hope to locate the Chief before the onset of expected bad weather this weekend, and ask people not involved in the search to stay clear.

Anyone who has any information they believe could help locate Chief Schreckengost is asked to call Kittcom, the unified Kittitas County emergency dispatch center, at 509-925-8534.

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UPDATE 2 | SAT., NOVEMBER 6, 2021 | PUBLISHED 1110 PT

Incident Summary | Though avid hunter and SFD DC Chief Jay Schreckengost has not been located (yet) and we are all hopeful that he will be (soon), here is an update on the search activity that has occurred since Friday into today, Saturday.

Private Searches Funding | NOTE: Both the Kittitas and Yakima County Sheriff’s Offices and volunteers do not charge for SAR missions. The Search and Rescue associations that support these Counties, including any others are operated by 100% volunteers. Donations can be offered to these groups to help offset costs (out of their own pockets) which also include gear, equipment, food, lodging (if they are not camping or staying in vehicles), fuel, operational, and other expenses.

Daughter Creates GoFundMe page | See below her information.

SATURDAY SEARCH (ORGANIZED BY DAUGHTER, MARISA SCHRECKENGOST)

Chief Schreckengost’s daughter, Marisa, made a plea on her Social Media page for all first responders and trained able bodies to help search for her dad between 0700-0730 on Saturday searching from Whistlin Jack Lodge. Wants all to check in with her before going up to the trail to search for him.

UPDATE: FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE, OR TRAINED PERSONNEL ONLY AT THIS POINT. ANOTHER SEARCH WILL START AT 7/730am tomorrow (Saturday) from Whistlin Jack lodge. Please check in here for an assignment before going up to the trail.

The GoFundMe page is asking for $10,000 to help fund his private search party’s lodging, food, gas, and private air searches. As of today, they have reached $12,865, which is over and above their goal. If you would still like to help them with their efforts, go to their GoFundMe page as listed above.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/jay-schreckengosts-rescue-fund

PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL PAGES AND NETWORKS. CALLING ON ALL OF OUR FIREFIGHTER & POLICE BROTHERS (OR OTHER TRAINED PERSONNEL/ABLE BODIES)— the Schreckengost family needs your help in finding my father, Jay. He is a Seattle Fire Deputy Chief and is still missing.

We are incredibly worried as he was supposed to check in Tuesday evening during his hunting trip. We are looking for people to help support the search and rescue team.

Please see the instructions below:

1. The search party will begin at 7/730am at the Whistlin’ Jack lodge and restaurant.

2. If you arrive after this time, the search party is located at these coordinates: Gold creek wildlife area forest road 1703- Mapping coordinates 46.971028-121.010631 (this is where his truck is located and must have parked to scout)

3. Please approach the command unit and sign up for a search team and grab rescue gear (vest, gps, etc). If you have an orange vest, please bring one. Be prepared for rain and durable hiking shoes.

4. The rescue team will provide further instructions.

IF YOU HAVE HOUSING (CABINS, RVS, ETC). we are looking to house all search and rescue teams. Please reach out if you have anything available. Housing is an issue.

If you’re coming to help, please carpool if you can and reach out to your networks to find lodging if you can as there are not many places to stay close to the trail.

If you’re able to help, we would greatly appreciate it. We are desperate to find him. I don’t have service so please use this post as your communication.

Seattle Firefighters Join Search for Missing Colleague | Last night, we received news that one of our Seattle Fire Dept. Deputy Chiefs – Jay Schreckengost – was reported to be missing in Eastern Washington. We are deeply saddened about this news and are holding Jay and his family close in our hearts. We are hopeful for positive news that he will be found safe. A group of Seattle firefighters has traveled over to Eastern, WA today to assist local authorities in their search.” – Seattle Fire Department/November 4, 2021.

We are keeping both the Chief and first responders in our thoughts.” – Nile-Cliffdell Fire & Rescue District #4.

Resource | Horseback | Private searching for the Deputy Chief includes horseback for several days. Reports of rough terrain and conditions well into day’s end to the edge of when they lost daylight.

Point-Last-Seen | Map of Area

Jay Schreckengost was last seen on November 2nd, at 7:00am at the Oak Creek wildlife area on Forest Road 1703- Mapping coordinates 46.971028-121.010631.

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(Credit: Fire Page)

Resource | Air Support

A Chinook helicopter was spotted to assist from the air. (News Media: Yakima Herald)

News Coverage | News Media | Hundreds of SAR volunteers continue the search for missing Seattle DC Fire Chief Schreckengost. Per SFD, states this is very much an active SAR mission as the Deputy Chief has been missing for five days. (Brian Flores TV/KCPQ 13 Fox News /Seattle)

Another Firefighter in Washington Still Missing | Joshua Ryan Milton, 36, of Bothell, Washington | Missing since December 2015 | A missing firefighter’s vehicle was found at Deception Pass on December 12, 2015. He was reported missing after failing to report to a shift at Harborview Medical Center’s Paramedic School. Searches in this area were unsuccessful. We know his friends and family are still searching for him to this day. | Call Seattle Police if you have any information or tips on his whereabouts.

Donations to Volunteer Organizations | You can help support these volunteers by visiting their page and making a donation. Here are several organizations we see are participating in this search.

Kittitas County Search and Rescue (Association) | https://kittitassar.org | Based out of Ellensburg, Washington

The KCSR organization was formed in 1991 at the request of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office. Their mission is to provide personnel to the Sheriff’s Office to conduct search, rescue, recovery, and evacuation operations primarily within Kittitas County. They are highly trained and experienced in types of missions that may include: lost or missing persons, injured hikers or climbers, lost or injured snowmobilers, avalanche search and rescue, airplane crashes, evidence searches, forest fire road closures and floods/evacuations. There are 10 specialized teams within their Association that include: Communications, Ground Teams, Backcountry Ground Team, Winter Backcountry Ground Team, Horse Team, Snowmobile Team, ORV Team, Dog (SARK9s) Team, UAS Team, Mission Support Team and the Youth SAR Team.

They only serve under the direction of the Sheriff’s Office and cannot be called outside of this Law Enforcement agency.

They hold their meetings in Ellensburg (even-numbered months) and Cle Elum (odd months). The Public is welcome to attend.

Donations Page – https://kittitassar.org/?fbclid=IwAR3qxW0oQ_YgevksiUrx-N5rDXoVpDbNwfOcS0EmRObuRuAzWq1N9g7Vo7s

Yakima County Search and Rescue (Council) | yakimasar.com | Based out of Yakima, Washington

The YCSAR is all about individuals who are 100% volunteers that give their time and efforts “So That Others May Live” (a known SAR tagline that all volunteers live by). The Council is made up of several different specialized units that search for missing hunters, hikers, snowmobilers, skiers, bikers, the young, and the elderly. They also assist/rescue injured persons that have resulted from falling from horseback, mountains, or other wilderness activities. They help with equipment mobilization for wildland firefighting activities. Other SAR activities may include safety patrols for community events.

The Council has seven groups, the ATV Team, Water Response Team, Snowmobile Team, Yakima County SAR team, Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Upper Valley SAR Team and the Central Washington Mountain Rescue unit.

Donations (Check or Money Order) can be sent to Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, 1822 South 1st Street, Yakima, Washington 98903.

To learn more about this organization or learn about joining SAR, you can visit info@YakimaSAR.com.

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UPDATE 1 | THURS, NOVEMBER 4, 2021 | PUBLISHED 2230 PT

Incident Summary | NACHES, WASHINGTON — An experienced and avid hunter, a 30-year veteran with the Seattle Fire Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost was reported missing by his family on November 2, 2021, after elk hunting in the area of Cliffdell, near SR 410. On Tuesday, DC Schreckengost’s wife had received a text from him that he had parked his truck and was headed out to go hunting. He was to return to his rented cabin at the Squaw Rock Resort.

Location of Lodging/Cabin | The RV Resort and Campground is located in the 15000 block on SR410 in Naches, Washington. Cliffdell is located approximately 22.6 miles from the Naches area. When his wife never received his text stating he had returned home that night, his family reportedly went looking for him on Wednesday but were unable to locate him and called the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office to report him as a missing hunter.

Two Counties Serving in Unified Command | Together, both Kittitas and Yakima Counties have pulled their vast array of resources together and are in Unified Command, which includes numerous Deputies, SAR volunteers, infrared drones, and members from the Seattle Fire Department.

AVOID THIS AREA.

Point-Last-Seen | His daughter posted on Social Media that her father, DC Schreckengost was last seen at 0700 hours on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, in the Oak Creek Wildlife area, off of Forest Service Road 1703. Lat/Long 46.971028 -121.010631.

Description | He is described as a caucasian male in his late fifties about 6’2″, around 250-pounds, bald, and has blue eyes.

HUNTER / SEATTLE FIRE DEPUTY CHIEF JAY SCHRECKENGOST

Credit | Marisa Schreckengost (Permission granted on her FB Page)

Seattle FD Official Statement Released | “We are hoping Deputy Chief Schreckengost is found soon and is safe – until then we continue to keep him and his family in our thoughts and hearts. Thank you to all who are assisting with the search efforts to locate him.” – Seattle Fire Department FB Page

Truck Recovered | His truck was recovered on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, as reported by Law Enforcement Officials. A search appears to be ongoing from the point-last-seen from the recovered truck location.

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Credit | KCSO

Tips or Info? Call the KITTCOM Dispatch Center | If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call KITTCOM at 509-925-8534.

Media Blitz Coverage | Please SHARE this post with your friends, family, co-workers, and on your Social Media platforms, so that we can help assist in bringing him back to his family. – Thank you.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Possible New Clues for SFD Chief | 5

UPDATE 5 | NOVEMBER 9, 2021

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has been very diligent and busy with the vast array of the multitude of disciplines and specialized searchers, both SAR volunteers and others that have joined the “search” for the avid hunter and Seattle Fire Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost enter another day of desperately looking for the missing fire Chief. Updates from the Sheriff’s Department are not daily and we are only adding updates as information is received.

A statement from the Kittitas County Sheriff Office was released on Monday, November 5, 2021. We ask that you not jump to any conclusions as to what you “think” happened or is happening. The Sheriff’s Office, we greatly assume is under heavy pressure from family and others to find their missing subject as quickly as possible.

“UPDATE 8:50 pm 11/8/21: THANKS FOR SHARING AND CALLING! WITH YOUR ASSISTANCE WE’VE CONTACTED THIS PERSON AND CAN MOVE ON WITH THE SEARCH.

Witnesses have described seeing a grey jeep along the portion of forest service rd 1703 above Cliffdell boxed out in the map below, on Tuesday morning, 11/2/21. We believe it was driven by another hunter in the area–the witnesses said they’d seen it around before–and we’re interested in talking to them to verify some of the facts underlying our search for Chief Schreckengost. The jeep described was grey, perhaps a 2000’s model, with a luggage rack attached to the bumper hitch. Based on the witness description we think it was a Wrangler.

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Credit | KCSO

There is NOTHING to suggest anyone associated with this jeep is a suspect in any wrongdoing, and we would ask that everyone refrain from wild and baseless speculation. We simply want to have the benefit of another pair of eyes that might have been in the area when Chief Schreckengost was on the move. If that vehicle or its driver is known to you, or if you own it, please call Kittcom at 509-925-8534.”

Area Designators | For those who are unfamiliar with these search areas.

  • Cliffdell is in Yakima County. SR410 is also named the Chinook Scenic Byway and the Stephen Mather Memorial Parkway, which is a 107.44-mile long state highway that extends in Pierce, King, and Yakima Counties, Washington.
  • Oak Creek Wildlife Refuge is located in Stephens County.
  • Wenatchee National Forest: is a 1,735,394-acres or 2,711-square miles that extends 137 miles along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range of Washington from the Okanogan National Forest to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The forest is located in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima counties.

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UPDATE 4 | NOVEMBER 6 | 1900 PT

Weather Reports | There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until Monday, November 8, 2021, that ends at 0600 hours PT. Snow and ice impacts over the next 5 days are expected. Snow accumulations in the amount of four to eight inches have been forecasted. Current temps at 1755 hours PT was listed as 29*F.

May be an image of 2 people, people standing and outdoors
Credit | KCSO

Future weather forecasts indicate 1-3″ between 0000 starting Tuesday, November 9th and to end at 2000 hours. A coating to one- inch is expected to begin on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, from 0800 hours to 2200 hours. Tuesday, November 11, 2021, there is an estimated 3-6″ of snow to start dropping at 0200 and ending at 0800 hours.

There is a 20-percent chance that there will be closures in the area on both Monday and Tuesday.

Update from KCSO | The Kittitas County Sheriff released a statement earlier this evening, stating they have continued their active search for missing avid and experienced hunter and SFD Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost who was last heard from his family on November 2nd, after failing to report he returned safely to his rental cabin that same night. He left his pick-up about three miles north of SR 410 to scout for elk he planned to hunt the following day.

Credit | Bing

Since, the last day he was heard or seen from, large search parties across the state have been scouring the Wenatchee National Forest area to locate and bring him home.

Resources | Resources include SAR volunteers and other personnel who are volunteering their time and efforts from seven counties, including from the Seattle Fire Department. The Department has also provided equipment and logistical support which is being overseen y Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, a Chinook helicopter has been provided by the Air Force and specialized SAR units that consist of Mtn Rescue, 4×4 SAR and six SAR K9 teams.

Conditions | Search conditions include difficult and rugged terrain, adverse weather that includes the last two days of periodic snow falling in the search area.

The Chief’s family is present, both searching with trained personnel in the field and assisting with intelligence for the search at the base of operations.

Tips or Information | The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office and all the committed personnel involved in the search know the deep concern of SFD for their missing Chief, and share their urgency to find and bring him home. Anyone with information they believe might help the search for Chief Schreckengost is asked to call Kittcom, Kittitas County’s dispatch center, at 509-925-8534.

Editor’s Comments: As a former SAR volunteer with a different County, we know that these are difficult and emotional times for all those involved. Additionally, we know the Counties are working diligently to bring all resources together to locate him as quickly as possible. If not already called, we are hoping they are using the PNW Trackers and trailing SAR K9s from King County or within/near their County. We will post more information as the exact resource list is available. – Ed

Point-Last-Seen | The location of the coordinates given by the Chief’s daughter in her original post on 11/4/2021, we think this may be the area they are referring to. This is said to be at FS Road 1703.

USFS FS Road Alerts | Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

  • FS Rd. 1703 Gold Creek Road. Alert issued September 30, 2021. It was decommissioned from milepost 2.0 to 2.1. Areas below this road system can be accessed below the decommissioned area from Forest Service Road 1703. Above the decommissioned area by FS Road 1705.
  • FS Rd. 1900 Little Naches. Alert issued September 30, 2021.
  • FS Rd. 1901 Quartz Creek. Alert issues September 30, 2021.
  • FS Rd. 1308 Indian Creek, Alert issued August 20, 2021. Closed at junction with 1382 due to flood waters and large debris that washed out and blocked the last portion of the road to the trailhead. No anticipated repair at this time.
Credit | Google

About Cliffdell, Washington | This is an unincorporated community in Yakima County, about 23 miles west of Ellensburg (Kittitas County), Washington. It was originally named Spring Flats but later their name was changed to honor settlers Cliff and Della Schott of Seattle, Washington.

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UPDATE 3 | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | PUBLISHED 1235 PT

Updated information regarding Donating to Search and Rescue organizations participating in the search and KCSO’s November 4th original statement released (via Facebook).

Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputies and volunteers with Kittitas Search and Rescue are actively searching for Seattle Fire Department Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost in the Cliffdell area of Kittitas County, north of State Route 410.

Chief Schreckengost texted his family he would be elk hunting in the area when he left his rented cabin near SR 410 on Tuesday, 11/2; but they didn’t receive notification of his return to the cabin that night.

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Credit | KCSO

The area where Chief Schreckengost was staying and hunting is close to the boundary between Kittitas and Yakima counties; his family notified the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office he hadn’t returned.

Yakima determined the area he was hunting in was in Kittitas County, and both Sheriff’s Offices now have resources committed to the search.

Chief Schreckengost’s pickup was located on Wednesday and became the epicenter of the search.

As of Thursday morning, Search and Rescue coordinators are overseeing seven teams of ground searchers, four K9 search teams, and infrared-equipped drones from both counties.

Dozens of volunteers from the Seattle Fire Department have been incorporated into the effort to locate their Deputy Chief. The search is occurring in remote and challenging mountainous terrain with limited, narrow access roads.

Search teams need unfettered access to work most efficiently as they hope to locate the Chief before the onset of expected bad weather this weekend, and ask people not involved in the search to stay clear.

Anyone who has any information they believe could help locate Chief Schreckengost is asked to call Kittcom, the unified Kittitas County emergency dispatch center, at 509-925-8534.

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UPDATE 2 | SAT., NOVEMBER 6, 2021 | PUBLISHED 1110 PT

Incident Summary | Though avid hunter and SFD DC Chief Jay Schreckengost has not been located (yet) and we are all hopeful that he will be (soon), here is an update on the search activity that has occurred since Friday into today, Saturday.

Private Searches Funding | NOTE: Both the Kittitas and Yakima County Sheriff’s Offices and volunteers do not charge for SAR missions. The Search and Rescue associations that support these Counties, including any others are operated by 100% volunteers. Donations can be offered to these groups to help offset costs (out of their own pockets) which also include gear, equipment, food, lodging (if they are not camping or staying in vehicles), fuel, operational, and other expenses.

Daughter Creates GoFundMe page | See below her information.

SATURDAY SEARCH (ORGANIZED BY DAUGHTER, MARISA SCHRECKENGOST)

Chief Schreckengost’s daughter, Marisa, made a plea on her Social Media page for all first responders and trained able bodies to help search for her dad between 0700-0730 on Saturday searching from Whistlin Jack Lodge. Wants all to check in with her before going up to the trail to search for him.

UPDATE: FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE, OR TRAINED PERSONNEL ONLY AT THIS POINT. ANOTHER SEARCH WILL START AT 7/730am tomorrow (Saturday) from Whistlin Jack lodge. Please check in here for an assignment before going up to the trail.

The GoFundMe page is asking for $10,000 to help fund his private search party’s lodging, food, gas, and private air searches. As of today, they have reached $12,865, which is over and above their goal. If you would still like to help them with their efforts, go to their GoFundMe page as listed above.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/jay-schreckengosts-rescue-fund

PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL PAGES AND NETWORKS. CALLING ON ALL OF OUR FIREFIGHTER & POLICE BROTHERS (OR OTHER TRAINED PERSONNEL/ABLE BODIES)— the Schreckengost family needs your help in finding my father, Jay. He is a Seattle Fire Deputy Chief and is still missing.

We are incredibly worried as he was supposed to check in Tuesday evening during his hunting trip. We are looking for people to help support the search and rescue team.

Please see the instructions below:

1. The search party will begin at 7/730am at the Whistlin’ Jack lodge and restaurant.

2. If you arrive after this time, the search party is located at these coordinates: Gold creek wildlife area forest road 1703- Mapping coordinates 46.971028-121.010631 (this is where his truck is located and must have parked to scout)

3. Please approach the command unit and sign up for a search team and grab rescue gear (vest, gps, etc). If you have an orange vest, please bring one. Be prepared for rain and durable hiking shoes.

4. The rescue team will provide further instructions.

IF YOU HAVE HOUSING (CABINS, RVS, ETC). we are looking to house all search and rescue teams. Please reach out if you have anything available. Housing is an issue.

If you’re coming to help, please carpool if you can and reach out to your networks to find lodging if you can as there are not many places to stay close to the trail.

If you’re able to help, we would greatly appreciate it. We are desperate to find him. I don’t have service so please use this post as your communication.

Seattle Firefighters Join Search for Missing Colleague | Last night, we received news that one of our Seattle Fire Dept. Deputy Chiefs – Jay Schreckengost – was reported to be missing in Eastern Washington. We are deeply saddened about this news and are holding Jay and his family close in our hearts. We are hopeful for positive news that he will be found safe. A group of Seattle firefighters has traveled over to Eastern, WA today to assist local authorities in their search.” – Seattle Fire Department/November 4, 2021.

We are keeping both the Chief and first responders in our thoughts.” – Nile-Cliffdell Fire & Rescue District #4.

Resource | Horseback | Private searching for the Deputy Chief includes horseback for several days. Reports of rough terrain and conditions well into day’s end to the edge of when they lost daylight.

Point-Last-Seen | Map of Area

Jay Schreckengost was last seen on November 2nd, at 7:00am at the Oak Creek wildlife area on Forest Road 1703- Mapping coordinates 46.971028-121.010631.

May be an image of map
(Credit: Fire Page)

Resource | Air Support

A Chinook helicopter was spotted to assist from the air. (News Media: Yakima Herald)

News Coverage | News Media | Hundreds of SAR volunteers continue the search for missing Seattle DC Fire Chief Schreckengost. Per SFD, states this is very much an active SAR mission as the Deputy Chief has been missing for five days. (Brian Flores TV/KCPQ 13 Fox News /Seattle)

Another Firefighter in Washington Still Missing | Joshua Ryan Milton, 36, of Bothell, Washington | Missing since December 2015 | A missing firefighter’s vehicle was found at Deception Pass on December 12, 2015. He was reported missing after failing to report to a shift at Harborview Medical Center’s Paramedic School. Searches in this area were unsuccessful. We know his friends and family are still searching for him to this day. | Call Seattle Police if you have any information or tips on his whereabouts.

Donations to Volunteer Organizations | You can help support these volunteers by visiting their page and making a donation. Here are several organizations we see are participating in this search.

Kittitas County Search and Rescue (Association) | https://kittitassar.org | Based out of Ellensburg, Washington

The KCSR organization was formed in 1991 at the request of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office. Their mission is to provide personnel to the Sheriff’s Office to conduct search, rescue, recovery, and evacuation operations primarily within Kittitas County. They are highly trained and experienced in types of missions that may include: lost or missing persons, injured hikers or climbers, lost or injured snowmobilers, avalanche search and rescue, airplane crashes, evidence searches, forest fire road closures and floods/evacuations. There are 10 specialized teams within their Association that include: Communications, Ground Teams, Backcountry Ground Team, Winter Backcountry Ground Team, Horse Team, Snowmobile Team, ORV Team, Dog (SARK9s) Team, UAS Team, Mission Support Team and the Youth SAR Team.

They only serve under the direction of the Sheriff’s Office and cannot be called outside of this Law Enforcement agency.

They hold their meetings in Ellensburg (even-numbered months) and Cle Elum (odd months). The Public is welcome to attend.

Donations Page – https://kittitassar.org/?fbclid=IwAR3qxW0oQ_YgevksiUrx-N5rDXoVpDbNwfOcS0EmRObuRuAzWq1N9g7Vo7s

Yakima County Search and Rescue (Council) | yakimasar.com | Based out of Yakima, Washington

The YCSAR is all about individuals who are 100% volunteers that give their time and efforts “So That Others May Live” (a known SAR tagline that all volunteers live by). The Council is made up of several different specialized units that search for missing hunters, hikers, snowmobilers, skiers, bikers, the young, and the elderly. They also assist/rescue injured persons that have resulted from falling from horseback, mountains, or other wilderness activities. They help with equipment mobilization for wildland firefighting activities. Other SAR activities may include safety patrols for community events.

The Council has seven groups, the ATV Team, Water Response Team, Snowmobile Team, Yakima County SAR team, Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Upper Valley SAR Team and the Central Washington Mountain Rescue unit.

Donations (Check or Money Order) can be sent to Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, 1822 South 1st Street, Yakima, Washington 98903.

To learn more about this organization or learn about joining SAR, you can visit info@YakimaSAR.com.

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UPDATE 1 | THURS, NOVEMBER 4, 2021 | PUBLISHED 2230 PT

Incident Summary | NACHES, WASHINGTON — An experienced and avid hunter, a 30-year veteran with the Seattle Fire Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost was reported missing by his family on November 2, 2021, after elk hunting in the area of Cliffdell, near SR 410. On Tuesday, DC Schreckengost’s wife had received a text from him that he had parked his truck and was headed out to go hunting. He was to return to his rented cabin at the Squaw Rock Resort.

Location of Lodging/Cabin | The RV Resort and Campground is located in the 15000 block on SR410 in Naches, Washington. Cliffdell is located approximately 22.6 miles from the Naches area. When his wife never received his text stating he had returned home that night, his family reportedly went looking for him on Wednesday but were unable to locate him and called the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office to report him as a missing hunter.

Two Counties Serving in Unified Command | Together, both Kittitas and Yakima Counties have pulled their vast array of resources together and are in Unified Command, which includes numerous Deputies, SAR volunteers, infrared drones, and members from the Seattle Fire Department.

AVOID THIS AREA.

Point-Last-Seen | His daughter posted on Social Media that her father, DC Schreckengost was last seen at 0700 hours on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, in the Oak Creek Wildlife area, off of Forest Service Road 1703. Lat/Long 46.971028 -121.010631.

Description | He is described as a caucasian male in his late fifties about 6’2″, around 250-pounds, bald, and has blue eyes.

HUNTER / SEATTLE FIRE DEPUTY CHIEF JAY SCHRECKENGOST

Credit | Marisa Schreckengost (Permission granted on her FB Page)

Seattle FD Official Statement Released | “We are hoping Deputy Chief Schreckengost is found soon and is safe – until then we continue to keep him and his family in our thoughts and hearts. Thank you to all who are assisting with the search efforts to locate him.” – Seattle Fire Department FB Page

Truck Recovered | His truck was recovered on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, as reported by Law Enforcement Officials. A search appears to be ongoing from the point-last-seen from the recovered truck location.

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Tips or Info? Call the KITTCOM Dispatch Center | If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call KITTCOM at 509-925-8534.

Media Blitz Coverage | Please SHARE this post with your friends, family, co-workers, and on your Social Media platforms, so that we can help assist in bringing him back to his family. – Thank you.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

MISSING | HAVE YOU SEEN ME?

UPDATE 1 | THURS, NOVEMBER 4, 2021 | PUBLISHED 2230 PT

NACHES, WASHINGTON — An experienced and avid hunter, a 30-year veteran with the Seattle Fire Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost was reported missing by his family on November 2, 2021, after elk hunting in the area of Cliffdell, near SR 410. On Tuesday, DC Schreckengost’s wife had received a text from him that he had parked his truck and was headed out to go hunting. He was to return to his rented cabin at the Squaw Rock Resort.

The RV Resort and Campground is located in the 15000 block on SR410 in Naches, Washington. Cliffdell is located approximately 22.6 miles from the Naches area. When his wife never received his text stating he had returned home that night, his family reportedly went looking for him on Wednesday but were unable to locate him and called the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office to report him as a missing hunter. Due to Yakima County being on the same border as Kittitas County, the call was routed through to the County where DC Schreckengost went missing.

Together, both Kittitas and Yakima Counties have pulled their vast array of resources together and are in Unified Command, which includes numerous Deputies, SAR volunteers, infrared drones, and members from the Seattle Fire Department.

AVOID THIS AREA.

His daughter posted on Social Media that her father, DC Schreckengost was last seen at 0700 hours on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, in the Oak Creek Wildlife area, off of Forest Service Road 1703. Lat/Long 46.971028 -121.010631.

He is described as a caucasian male in his late fifties about 6’2″, around 250-pounds, bald, and has blue eyes.

HUNTER / SEATTLE FIRE DEPUTY CHIEF JAY SCHRECKENGOST

Credit | Marisa Schreckengost (Permission granted on her FB Page)

“We are hoping Deputy Chief Schreckengost is found soon and is safe – until then we continue to keep he and his family in our thoughts and hearts. Thank you to all who are assisting with the search efforts to locate him.” – Seattle Fire Department FB Page

His truck was recovered on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, as reported by Law Enforcement Officials. A search appears to be ongoing from the point-last-seen from the recovered truck location.

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Credit | KCSO

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call KITTCOM at 509-925-8534.

Please SHARE this post with your friends, family, co-workers, and on your Social Media platforms, so that we can help assist in bringing him back to his family. – Thank you.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Missing Retired Canadian Firefighter | Neil Smith

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HAVE YOU SEEN ME?  I HAVE BEEN REPORTED MISSING BY MY FAMILY.

The RCMP and BCPFFA (BC Firefighters) are looking for missing Retired Vacounver Firefighter Neil Smith whom drove away from his Langley home this afternoon around 2pm.

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He has not been seen or heard from by connecting with his family since.

He is said to be driving a grey 2016 Ford 150 truck with license plate # KG 2406.

He is a member of the BCPFFA, a Canadian IAFF local that represents BC’s 4,000 Professionals.

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Police are asking for any details on his whereabouts to reach out to them at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/home

#BringHomeNeilSmith #MissingFirefighter #RetiredFirefighter #Missing #PleaseRetween

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog

Search for Missing Pair in Mason County, Washington Located

MASON COUNTY, Washington State  | A missing 30-year old and a 4-year old male were reported missing around 1300 hours this afternoon, when they did not return from a day hike around Lake Bennetson in the Tahuya Forest.

A large number of searchers from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, along with Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers and Firefighters from the Mason County Regional Fire Authority began the planning, implementation and later rescue of the pair.

A presser was released with limited details from both the Fire and Police Departments stating the emergency in locating them. They were unprepared for the adverse weather elements of rain and low temps.

An update has just been released that both have been found and are currently undergoing evaluations by Paramedics.

We will release a new update, if additional details emerge.

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/24/2019 @ 2240 PST

World Disaster | White Island Eruption | New Zealand | 1

Update – Sunday, December 8, 2019 – 2300 Hours PDT (USA)

A volcano located in New Zealand, called White Island (Whakaari area) erupted without warning and sent an ash plume 12,000 feet above the vent.  Ash covered the main crater floor per webcam  footage.

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Scientists are speculating the erruption may have occurred from built up gases. They are working to determine the actual cause of the erruption.

Emergency Officials are saying the ash spewed from the volcano is contained to the Island itself, which they have released a statement that  one person has been killed.

New Zealand Police released a statement of initially thinking there were about 100 people on the island but have since downgraded that number to less than 50.  However, there is still a large number that are unaccounted for.

Police are coordinating their search and rescue efforts with the National Emergency Management Agency.

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The erruption occurred on Monday (NZ time), December 9, 2019, at 1611 hours, as an impulsive and short-lived event. The crater floor has been impacted but its current condition is unknown.  However, Officials are reporting that the activity has diminished since the original explosion was detected earlier in the afternoon.

ABOUT WAKAARI/WHITE ISLAND

The Wakaari/White Island is privately owned and was declared a scenic reserve in 1953.  Those who wish to visit, must have permission to land there or book yourself a trip on a local tour of the Island.

It is 1.2 square miles in diameter.  It’s tallest point of the island sits at 1,053 feet above sea leavel.  The active andesite stratovolcano is approximlately 30 miles east of the North Island of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty.

It is considered New Zealand’s most active volcano and is constantly being built up in layers from continuous volcano activity, after its discovery by James Cook in 1769.

On July 27, 2000, an eruption occured which blanketed the island with mud and scoria.  Most of the time, it is said that this active volcano’s activities are limited to boiling mud and/or releasing steamy noxious gasses from beneath the ground upwardly.  Scientists who monitor the site’s for volcanic activities, do so through web cams and visiting the island itself wearing protective clothing and personal-protection-equipment.

A mining company’s owners made the misfortunate of trying to mine sulphur in the 1900’s but soon have to abandon their operations after all of their workers killed by a lahar.  Remnants of old machinery still remain seen by visitors to this day.

The island is also home to a large bird population, where 3,000 pairs of known Australasian Gannets migrate to this island to breed and call it their temporary home away from home.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 

 

Bring Them Home | Hundreds Search for Firefighters Lost at Sea | 1

Information for this article was gleaned from multiple sources from government, private and public sectors published over Social Media. Information is posted to the best of my abilities.

Quote of the Day | Day after day, ordinary people become heroes through extraordinary and selfless actions to help their neighbors.Sylvia Mathews Burwell

We ask  a few things from our readers – to be respectful and nice towards this post and towards those including the family, friends and their communities that are hugely impacted by their disappearance and waiting impatiently for any updates from Officials.  For us, please send and keep them in your good thoughts and prayers. This will mean a lot to us and to them as well.

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Thank you to all of the Incident Cooperators (sorry we if did not mention you!) and their partners, civilians, Good Samaritans, Command personnel, Supporters and everyone else in between who is searching for Justin and Brian. This is what we are all about – helping each other. – This is why one of the reasons we are big fans of the Fire Service and the Family that binds it together.  Blogger LR Swenson/NW Fire Blog

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

Two great friends whom are both avid boaters decided to take a boat out for a last run on  Friday, August 16th morning for fishing and relaxation.  When off-duty firefighters, JFRD Engineer Brian McCluney (US Navy Vet) and Justin Walker, Fairfax FD (VA) did not return as scheduled, they were reported to authorities as overdue.

Photo Credit:  JAX Firefighters

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Firefighters Brian McCluney and Justin Walker.

A massive search would gear up and be spearheaded by one of the biggest Search-and-Rescue agencies, which specializes in missing and stranded boaters that the Federal Agency has in this nation.  This large-scale SAR mission has all the main players including a massive civilian force and they are all pulling out every single resources to find these missing firefighters to #BringThemHome.

Here is their story told through various updates, eyewitness accounts and from Social Media sources.

INCIDENT TIMELINE

Day 1 | August 16 | Friday

0107 hours EDT 

Two boaters, Justin and Brian are seen on the boat ramp’s camera, placing the 22-foot Robalo boat into the water were reportedly heading to the 8A Reef. The boat was given to him from his father, whom had just passed.

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Credit | USCG

Day 2 | August 17 | Saturday

They are reported overdue as they never came back as scheduled on this date.

 1009 hours EDT

The US Coast Guard begins to search for missing two firefighters.  They were last seen leaving the 300 Christopher Columbus boat ramp in Port Canaveral Friday in a 24-foot center console.  Their destination was to head towards 8A reef.  This reef is a fishing spot and is an artificial or natural reef that attracts fish to the area.

Eyewitness Account | “We fished out of the port today and we saw a rescue plane circling for about two hours. The current was ripping about 8-12 knots around noon.”

A family reported to the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville on this date would prompt a USCG to launch a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Canaveral, an HC-130 Hercules search plane from the Air Station Clearwater and an 87-foot patrol boat called the Cutter Ridley.  Additional incident cooperators included the US Navy and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Day 3 | August 18 | Sunday

MEDIA REPORT | DC Patrick Gouin from Brian’s station says 7/50 JFRD JAX Firefighters are from his shift. Other Firefighters from nearby areas are staffing stations while Brian’s fellow brothers search for him.

0415 Hours EDT

The USCG with Incident Cooperators will be searching through the night with surface and air resources.  The search throughout the day has covered 20,029 square miles with an estimated 70 hours of active searches.

Photo Credit:  USCG

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0733 Hours EDT

Searchers focus near the Gulf Stream. Good Samaritans are searching 1-15 miels off the coast from south Georgia to Port Canaveral.  Estimated search is 5,000 miles.

0744 Hours EDT

There are 2 USCG 87-foot patrol boats, 2 small boats and 1 HC-130 search plane. Incident Cooperators include My FWC, JSO PIO, CBP Florida, Brevard County Sheriffs Office and about 15 Good Sam vessels.

Day 4 | August 19 | Monday

0852 hours EDT

They started at 0800 hours with 36 boats, 135+  people, 3 airplanes to search 5,000 square miles from St. Augustine to Brunswick and from the beach to 60 miles out from shore.

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Customs Border and Protection Bureau (CPB) air and marine assets are assisting the USCG Southeast Command in working to locate two missing firefighters who disappeared on Friday, August 16, 2019.

Here are some of the aircraft deployed on this SAR mission | All photo credit goes to CBP Florida.

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The CBP states they deployed a P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker crew, two Multi-Role Enforcement aircraft on board an Interim Midnight Express to assist with the search.

Day 5 | August 20 | Tuesday

0452 hours EDT

The searchers have covered 24,000 miles and continue to search. Crews are searching at Port Canaveral area up to north of City of Jacksonville, as well as 80 miles off-shore.

0536 hours EDT

0725 hours EDT

1430 hours EDT

PRESSER | We will be moving our efforts north tomorrow…boats that can run 60+ miles out of Mayport..boats that can run 30-60 miles out of Brunswick and Savannah..if you want to go out of Brunswick/Savannah call Chief Barrow tonight 904-813-5315 for boats and volunteers call 904-763-9747. – My JFRD (@JFRDJAX)

1609 hours EDT

USCG will start searching through the night.  The search has covered 69,000 square miles with an estimated 182 hours of searches.  They will partner with crews searching from the skies and on the surface.

We started early as the sun broke today gridding our the area and giving assignments…we will do it again tomorrow at 7am from Mayport boat ramp. – JFRD JAX

Photo Credit:  @JFRDJAX

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Day 6 | August 21 | Wednesday

0700 hours EDT

Volunteers  who have boats capable of searching between 30-60 miles offshore safely will be meeting at Mayport boat ramp at 7 am.  Bring your binoculars and SAT phone if you have them. If you don’t have a boat and want to help, you can help out by donating to  JFRD.com

How to Help

https://clear-give.com/egive3/index.cfm?page=donationDetail&itemID=305533&LocID=261001&refresh=true

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#BringThemHome  #MissingFirefighters

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 00:00 hours 8/21/2019

UPDATE 5 | #FindingDavid Search Has Concluded

Update 0000 Hours PST / 0100 Hours MDT

#FindingDavid

While those celebrated and were about to ring in the New Year, a family painstaking reported their little boy, David Puckett, 6, missing around 1745 hours MDT from his home in the 15700 block and Amherst Place in Aurora, Colorado.

He had been known to wander off a few times before but was always brought back by concerned citizens.

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This time it was different. Very different.

The Aurora Police Department was called out to search for their missing little boy. When Patrols canvassed the area and found nothing, a National Center for Missing and Exploited Center (NCMEC) organization deployed one of their own Bloodhound K9 teams “Jessie” around 2000 Hours.  Along with Bloodhound K9 “Jessie”  from nearby Jefferson County, Aurora PD Patrols, County Deputies and with air support from Dallas PD’s Air One, would search throughout the night with a negative find for David Puckett.

Social Media Blasts

Law Enforcement immediately began releasing Media releases regarding his disappearances and creating a hashtag #FindingDavid.

Highlights from Case

Here are some of the highlights from #FindingDavid ‘s case.

December 31, 2016

  • David is considered as an At-Risk child due to his age, length of time missing and frigid weather conditions.
  • One hour delayed on night missing due to Family looking in all places where has frequented, cannot locate.
  • Aurora PD called.
  • NCMEC Bloodhounds are deployed
  • Officers, County Deputies and SAR personnel search throughout the night

January 1, 2017

  • ERT and SRT units are activated
  • Major Crimes unit, Crimes Against Children Unit gets involved in the case
  • (3) Reverse 911 calls are sent to Aurora’s 27,000 residents, approximately 2.5 miles from David’s home
  • Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association deploys 400 of their Citizens Missing and Abducted Response Team

January 2 2017

  • Marking 3 days of searching by Officers conducting extensive neighborhood canvasses and interviews
  • Looked through parents home several times through Search
  • Police tell the public, residents to STOP voluntary searches as they could interfere with the SAR Dogs (Bloodhounds)
  • Alerts have been previously sent to Aurora Public Schools parents; set-up Counseling for parents, staff and children if needed
  • Witness report says seen missing boy on Saturday
  • AMBER ALERT issued
  • Family is cooperative
  • Arapahoe Rescue Patrol and Officers checked bodies of water in area

January 3, 2017

  • 1st and Final Press release from APD
  • 150 Law Enforcement personnel, 200 citizens have helped with the Search
  • 6 cadaver dogs (trailing/air scent SAR Dogs) deployed on January 2nd & 3rd.
  • 1 SAR Dog has a positive find in a smaller pond in the Olympic Park (PLS near Park)
  • Divers search and locate the body of an unknown child inside the pond and under the ice
  • Police say they are unable to provide a positive ID; tell Family takes a long time for this process
  • Police are treating pond as a crime scene, w/CSI & FBI teams on site
  • Police say there were hundreds of searchers, family, citizens and Officers that checked all bodies of water & no indication of someone falling in or under the ice (searched numerous times)
  • APD states since they are not able to ID the body of the child, they are continuing to look but all Pressers are now terminated, except for Press releases on Social Media (Twitter/Facebook)

Incident Partners

There were many who helped locate David Puckett from the initial call on NYE until the very end.  Here is a listing of those Incident Cooperators.

  • Arapahoe County Sheriff Office
  • Arapahoe Fire Department Technical Rescue Team
  • Arapahoe Rescue Patrol
  • Aurora PD: ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, Major Crimes Unit
  • Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association: Citizens Missing & Abducted  Response Team
  • Aurora Public Schools:  Staff and Parents
  • CBI
  • Dallas PD: Air One helo
  • FBI
  • Jefferson County Bloodhound K9 Team
  • Joint Terrorism Task Force
  • Metro Dallas Crime Stoppers
  • NCMEC
  • Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force
  • Search and Rescue Dogs of the US (SARDUS)
  • Westminister Colorado PD

Help for the Rescuer

It does not matter if you are a Volunteer, Police Officer, Firefighter or School Staff Member, it is hard to lose a child or respond to a call dealing with a child.  If you are feeling grief because of this loss, we recommend that you reach out to your local organization such as the Police or Fire Chaplin (or confidentially to @SafeCallNow) or to your local School Counselor.

Editor’s Comments:

“Though APD has not officially ID’d this found child, we know their Family is looking for him/her.  We send our sincere and heartfelt prayers and thoughts to the Puckett Family during this difficult time as the continued search for David goes on.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog 

UPDATE 4 | #FindingDavid Puckett

Please SHARE with your Friends, Family, Co-workers, Public Safety Members and on Your Social Media Channels to help bring this Child back to his parents and community.

SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado on New Year’s Eve at 1745 Hours MST and has not been seen since. 

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed in this case as not having all of the identifiers needed to issue the Alert.  It appears he has simply wandered off and not abducted.

UPDATE | An AMBER ALERT has been issued the by Colorado Bureau Investigation (CBI) due to his young age, gone so long and weather conditions.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male, 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

Over the course of the last three (3) days, hundreds of volunteers, LE personnel and others have partnered together in #FindingDavid launching ground SAR (aka groundpounders) to a Police Helicopters, those who specialize in Missing and Exploited Children, SAR K9s.

If you know anything, please call 9-1-1 or the Tip Line listed in this Post. No detail is considered small and may even help break the case wide open.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Puckett is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) and has been reported as gone missing (wandered off) two times before but has always been returned to his parents by concerned citizens.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

SEARCH PARTY

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Police held briefings to plan their day of searching and coordination of volunteers.

On Monday, January 2nd, Police will again send out the bloodhound K9 team.

There is no other need for additional volunteers at this time.

 Aurora PD states within their Search perimeter, all bodies of water have been checked. They had deployed 3 Bloodhound trailing K9 dogs.  This is a Priority case for all Law Enforcement in the area.

CURRENT WEATHER 

Temps are 26*F, with a humidity of 77%, cloudy and winds at 6 mph.

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT BLOODHOUND K9s

When we were back in our SAR Days as volunteers, my hubby had a Bloodhound named Banjo (yes, he even came from midwest) who was a born-natural (okay, aren’t all of them?) Trailing SAR K9.

For those of you that are not familiar with the types of Search Dogs and their capabilities, here is a quick lesson.

Search-And-Rescue Dogs (SAR Dogs) are amazing dogs (all kinds of breeds) that can do amazing things by their amazing Handlers. Did I mention to you how amazing they are?   Here are some of the things these K9s can do:

  • Find a child lost in the wilderness or missing from their home
  • Find a missing person with Alzheimer’s from a nursing home or group home
  • Locate a skier buried under an avalanche
  • Partner with Law Enforcement at Crime Scenes
  • Find Live victims trapped in collapsed buildings
  • Some are also cadaver dogs
  • Locate drowning victims

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) state over 2100 kids go missing every day and 58,000 children annually are taken by someone they don’t know. Not every search has a SAR K9 team to help find them.

This search has deployed the usage of three Bloodhounds which is very great in #FindingDavid.  These SAR K9s dogs have the natural drive to locate their subject (missing person) and will most likely have their human counterpart wear out first before they do.  So far, they have had zeros or picking up of a scent trail leading to the missing person.

There are two kinds of SAR Dogs. Air scent and Trailing SAR K9s.

All humans constantly emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. By the millions, these particles become airborne and can be carried by the wind for considerable distances. Airborne scent is concentrated near its source, follows the air currents, and becomes more dilute the further it travels.

An air scent SAR dog is especially trained to locate the scent of any human in a specific area and close in on the source of the scent in heavy forested and rural/urban areas.  SAR Dogs work best in the morning and evening, day or night, all types of weather and to give them a higher chance of finding their subject, be called immediately after the missing person has been reported.  These dogs are mostly off-leash and roam freely back and forth to their Handler at large distances.

A trailing SAR dog is one that searches by the scent on the ground.  They are generally trained for scent discrimination.  Each dog is usually worked in a harness, leash and some type of article that belongs to the subject, such as a brush, comb, clothing, shoe, etc. will allow the dog to “breathe in” the scent.  The dog is trained to only follow that scent and no other. At times, the K9 may track, follow the footsteps or hone in on the scent in the home.

Bloodhounds have been known to find a missing person when the scent has been pooling for hours, days, weeks and even several months.  It is also possible for them to find someone who may have left the area in a car if the windows were open allowing the human cells to fall off into the wind. They can also find those in water as well.

To find out more about Search and Rescue Dogs, visit Dogs in Search and Rescue‘s website, http://www.ussartf.org/dogs_search_rescue.htm.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1820 PST / 1920 Hours MST