County wants new background checks for rescuers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Glenwood Springs, Colo. (AP) - New background checks for Garfield County's Search and Rescue volunteers have prompted the group's president to resign in protest because he says the checks are too intrusive.

President Dave Pruett says the new screenings are a ``ridiculous waste of taxpayer dollars'' and warned that other volunteers would leave as a result.

Sheriff Lou Vallario has set an Oct. 31 deadline for all current volunteers to submit to the new screening, which includes a lie-detector test and more than three dozen pages of questions about financial records, past drug use, and sexual behavior.

Vallario says the county is simply ``raising the bar'' for the volunteers it hires and to protect itself against possible liabilities.

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