TPWD game wardens have historically responded to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tropical storms, tornados, and floods, but training currently underway in New Braunfels marks the first time they will have been certified as swift water rescue technicians and Instructors. The team has also recently participated in aerial hoist training with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Members of the Game Warden SAR Team are stationed across the state and have the ability to deploy quickly.
“We are proud to leverage our public safety resources and work together with our local, state, and federal partners,” said Col. Craig Hunter, TPWD Law Enforcement Division director. “Our game wardens are now better equipped and trained to serve the people of Texas and hopefully reduce loss of life in times of disaster.”
The Game Warden SAR team will also be trained in tactical boat operations, land navigation, first aid, and casualty care.