Wed 3:52 PM, Jul 23, 2014
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, Va. (WHSV)– According to Karen Beck-Herzog with the National Park Service, the women were hiking on the Old Rag Mountain in an area known for being steep and rocky. They got lost and spent the night in the park.
This morning a team assembled to track them down. Eagle One, the U.S. park police helicopter was brought in to help. Eagle One did mange to find the women. A basket was lowered, and the women were brought up to safety.
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Another person who is grateful that the USPP still has the helicopters to save them. If NPS management had it’s way, the USPP wouldn’t have the resources to complete this mission.
Save the Eagles!
From Chairman Ian Glick,
Brothers and sisters we’re in a bad place, right now. Our biggest problem is our parent agency, the NPS. They are unwilling to fund our agency at a life-sustaining level. Our leaders in the U. S Park Police (USPP) and the National Park Service (NPS) frequently implement policies without consulting the law or common sense. We have many unanswered questions about how and why things are being done. Many times, USPP and NPS management are unable to factually justify their decisions or their positions on policies. Evidence of this is documented, in many recent decisions that overturned USPP/NPS management decisions/policies effecting USPP officers. Last week, I was forced to file a ULP over another work hours issue because management isn’t following the law, again. Inadequate responses to questions are one thing. The sad fact is that in many instances the USPP and NPS response to questions or requests is NO response.
On or about June 20, 2014, the United States Park Police instituted an interim policy regarding “maximum hours of work” and describing requirements for specific hours of “rest”. This policy mandates that employees may not work more than 16 hours in a 24 hour period without a consecutive 4-hour rest period. This interim policy has been propounded purportedly for the safety of the officers, However, the restriction on hours is not applicable whenever the Acting Chief of Police decides to exempt work during specific events or during emergencies.
Members may read the full response in the forums.