(WASHINGTON, DC) - 2012 Andrew Clark Hecht Public Safety Achievement Award goes to Preventive Search and Rescue Team, Grand Canyon National Park. The team was recognized for its effort to reduce visitor injuries and hiker assists by reaching out to hikers before they head off down the trail. The team uses safety messaging, visitor education, and promotion of safe hiking techniques. They increased trail patrol hours and made about 80,000 trail contacts with visitors during the 2012 summer season. Nearly 33,000 hikers were not properly prepared for the trail and rangers suggested alternative itineraries and coached them on proper hydration, food intake, rest, and shade. The team’s prevention efforts have saved the federal government nearly $500,000 in reduced search and rescue costs.