Big Bend Conservancy
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Despite some of the harsh comments, and opinions here, (and I am not the voice of Big Bend, nor do I have the authority to represent the park or the opinions of its officers)I believe the primary role of the park ranger is life safety.Perhaps there s a lack of understanding of the members of this forum, or the public in general as to what it is we do as Rangers. By and large, park rangers are the most educated, and most highly trained officers (that I am aware of)For starters, we are trained federal law enforcement officersAll of us are EMT basic or higher in certification.All of us are required to maintain certifications in wild land fire, and structural fire, as well as search and rescue.From there we can specialize is things like high angle rescue, horsemanship, boat operations etc...It takes years to achieve the most basic levels of what a park ranger is responsible for knowing.we must maintain proficiency in all of these disciplines.Add in factors like drug trafficking, and this job becomes even more difficult and diverse.in the rare instance where a ranger writes a ticket that is unfair, unwarranted, or unjust, it is taken care of. We are not unreasonable ham fisted government agents. We are people who chose this lifestyle because it is awesome. We move away from our families and friends to take on a job that is challenging and rewarding. I love my job.If a ranger asks you to sit down and keep your hands out of your pockets, it is because he doesn't know you, or what your intentions are, and he wants to go home safely at the end of his shift. People have different comfort levels when dealing with the public, and decisions on how to interact with the public will vary from ranger to ranger. Of course you know that you are a good person with noble intentions, but we don't know that.Try to give some latitude to the human error that is made by a park ranger because we are the ones who are putting you back together when you are injured, finding your lost family members when it is freezing outside, and making this park a safer place for you to enjoy.If you have further questions or concerns, please direct them to my email.Thank you.
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