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Placer County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue teams launch annual fund drive

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office announced that its search and rescue teams have launched their annual fundraising drive, and telephone solicitors will be calling county residents seeking donations.

Money raised this year will be used to purchase mobile communications equipment for the Lake Tahoe area, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Search and rescue volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to find lost hikers, skiers and others who may need assistance in the county’s wilderness areas.

Anyone wishing to make a donation will be sent a pre-addressed envelope. Sheriff’s officials stress that callers will not ask for credit card information. Donations should be sent to P.O. Box 4150, Auburn, CA 95604, or to P.O. Box 1710 Tahoe City, CA 96145.

During recent fundraising efforts, another company calling itself “Search and Rescue Charities” led some donors to believe they were donating to Placer County’s teams, but this was not the case, sheriff’s officials said. Anyone wishing to donate to local search and rescue efforts should make sure they are giving to “Placer County Search and Rescue.”

For more information, call Katrina Kane, search and rescue community services officer, at (530) 889-7846.