Photo of the week: Officers patrol Death Valley’s ‘saltiest’ terrain
National Park Service officers play a crucial role in protecting the park’s unique ecosystem and ensuring the safety of its visitors
In the striking terrain of Death Valley’s salt flats in Badwater Basin — the lowest point in North America and the United States, with a depth of 282 ft below sea level — two National Park Service law enforcement officers stand vigilant. Officers Yuki Buday (right) and Matt O’Brien (left), who are also EMTs and trained in wildland firefighting, play a crucial role in protecting the park’s unique ecosystem and ensuring the safety of its visitors. These officers are skilled in handling a range of situations, from enforcing park regulations to providing first aid in emergencies. Their cross-training allows them to effectively manage conservation efforts while also being prepared to respond to any visitor needs or incidents in this challenging environment.
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