Sonar training in Anchorage
Today (Sept. 21st), the Alaska Department of Public Safety, Search and Rescue Program is holding a two-day operator course for our newly acquired Kongsberg Scanning Sonar System. This highly advanced, multiple frequency, high resolution sonar system will assist DPS in locating and recovering victims of drowning statewide as well as collecting evidence from bodies of water.
This type of sonar differs greatly from traditional side scan sonar and was carefully selected as the most practical sonar to use in all types of water to include waters that are cloudy or silty. This system can be deployed in ice covered water by drilling small holes as opposed to cutting a trench which is required for side scan sonar.
Troopers from around the state, as well as Search and Rescue Volunteers from southcentral Alaska, are attending the training to be able to operate the Kongsberg statewide. This equipment was specifically ordered in hard sided cases so that it can be deployed on an aircraft statewide. The purchase of this equipment was made possible by a grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security administered through the State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.