The Central Region Emergency Strike Team (C.R.E.S.T) is the wilderness search and rescue/specialty disaster support division of Centre LifeLink EMS, Inc. Formed in November 2006, CREST is proud to serve the citizens of Centre County and the neighboring counties of Blair, Clearfield, Clinton, Union, Mifflin and Huntingdon in lost person incidents, specialty rescues, special medical support and disaster responses.
As a member of the PA Search and Rescue Council (PSARC) and the South Central Mountains Regional Task Force, as well as a member of a Specialty Wilderness Response Team (WSAR1), CREST responds to statewide and national call outs as requested. To date, CREST has been called out on 75 missions.
Team members train generally 120 or more hours prior to deploying for search operations and certify through the Department for Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR) as Search and Rescue Specialists. In addition, operational members are certified in a host of related training in NIMS/ICS, Terrorism Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations, and CERT. CREST meets the requirements for a Type II Wilderness Search and Rescue Team (ESF#9), as outlined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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