State names search, rescue coordinator
State names search,
The state of Vermont has appointed the team leader for Stowe Mountain Rescue to oversee training and development of local, county and state search-and-rescue teams, officials announced Friday.
Neil Van Dyke will become the state’s first search and rescue coordinator on Dec. 2.
As a founding member of Stowe Mountain Rescue and team leader for over 25 years Van Dyke he has taken part in nearly 1,000 search and rescue missions, officials said.
Van Dyke also has been a member of the local fire department and rescue squad and serves as Stowe’s emergency management director. He also was president of the national Mountain Rescue Association from 2010-2012 and has served as a seasonal backcountry ranger in New York’s Adirondack Park since 2007.