Wed, Nov 27, 2013 11:58 AM
The Vermont Department of Public Safety and Vermont State Police
recently announced the appointment of Neil Van Dyke as the Search
and Rescue Coordinator. Van Dyke will coordinate the overall
training and continued development of local, county, and state
search and rescue teams. He will assist in maintaining and updating
a statewide inventory of search and rescue resources; will develop
search and rescue training for volunteer and first response
organizations who wish to participate in search and rescue
operations; and will assist in identifying equipment and training
needs for the Vermont State Police Search and Rescue Team. An
important part of this position will be the outdoor recreation
public safety messaging, and to act as a professional resource to
assist in search and rescue operations.
"Neil's broad experience, proven leadership and approachable
personality will be a benefit to the state," said Major Dennis
Reinhardt of Vermont Fish and Wildlife. "He's the ideal person to
coordinate the diverse groups involved with search and rescue
efforts. We look forward to partnering with him."
Van Dyke was a founding member of Stowe Mountain Rescue in 1980 and
has served as the team's leader for over 25 years. During that time
he has participated in close to 1,000 search and rescue missions.
He spent many years as a member of the local fire department and
rescue squad; serves as Stowe's Emergency Management Director; and
has also worked as a seasonal backcountry ranger in New York's
Adirondack Park since 2007. On the national level he has been an
active member of the Mountain Rescue Association, serving as
president from 2010-2012.
Van Dyke has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and a
master's degree in Recreation Management from the State University
of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He
lives in Stowe with his wife Carol where his family owns and
operates the Golden Eagle Resort.
"Neil's previous experience makes him perfectly suited to
coordinating Vermont's search and rescue efforts," said
Commissioner Keith Flynn about Van Dyke's recent decision to accept
the position. "We believe this step forward in creating a unified
approach to managing search and rescue operations in Vermont will
result in the efficient and successful resolution to incidents
involving lost and injured individuals."
Van Dyke will begin on Dec. 2, 2013.