YUMA â€“ In anticipation of the approaching extreme temperatures of the summer months, the U.S. Border Patrolâ€™s Yuma Sector is placing its Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) unit on high alert to respond to emergency situations to include agents, civilians, and illegal aliens in distress.
Agents load triaged patient during training scenarios into the back of a BP vehicle
BORSTAR was created in 1998 in response to the growing number of injuries to Border Patrol agents and migrant deaths along our nationâ€™s borders. BORSTAR agents will focus their efforts in the remote areas of Yuma Sectorâ€™s area of operations. Although the chance of survival is slim due to the remoteness and dangerous environment, it would take days when traveling on foot for potential crossers to reach civilization.
Chief Patrol Agent Anthony J. Porvaznik said smugglers and illegal aliens die every year attempting to illegally enter the United States and not attempting to cross the border illegally is the best way to avoid becoming a causality in the desert.
â€œWhile securing our Nationâ€™s border is our primary mission, we also remain fully committed to reducing heat related injuries and preventing deaths as we focus on our homeland security mission,â€ he said. â€œWe respect the value of all human life and will extend every measure to protect it whenever possible, so I urge people not to make any attempt to cross the border illegally.â€