There was a surprise drill today for more than 30 members of the Rogers County Sheriff's Office. The goal was to put their skills to the test. The scenario was find several boys lost in the woods.
The search teams work with dogs, ATVs and horses to make sure they're ready if a real search is needed.
At the Will Rogers Birthplace and Ranch, members of the Rogers County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team geared up for a day of training in the woods.
Maj. Coy Jenkins put together the exercise to simulate several boy scouts being lost in the woods.
Jenkins briefed his team like it was the real thing.
“The dogs are exhausted at this point and need a break and because of the sense of urgency, we're going to put you guys in there,” Jenkins said. “We're very convinced that we're going to put additional people in this area."
Earlier in the day, the team deployed two scent sniffing dogs.
The dogs and handlers tracked the boys and were able to find them.
After that, they sent the team out on horseback and on ATVs to find more boys.
Jenkins is happy with how well the teams are working together.
“It's been an extremely busy pace, but it's designed to be that way stressing us at the fullest possible measures, so we know how much strength we have in our resources," Jenkins said.