U.S. National Grid Training
Marion County, Florida -- Deputies with the Marion County sheriff's office offered free training to aviation units used for search and rescue and any other public safety response units.
The U-S National Grid is a tracking system similar to what the military uses.
It's both a point and area grid reference system that improves communication on the ground and in the air.
Back in March Tabitha Elliot and her three children were stranded in the Ocala National Forest.
The coordinates deputies had on the ground didn't sync with some helicopter pilots in the air.
That's because different helicopters use multiple G-P-S formats than those tracking on the ground.
Judge Cochran, Marion county sheriff's office: "If one of your relatives has Alzheimer's and living with that condition and happens to wander off, you tell us where you last saw that person, we're able to use this us grid technology, isolate that area and start that search from that particular location."
Cochran says they plan on hosting a full scale training session later this year using the national grid and training received today.
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