April 7, 2014

FSAR Monthly Meeting is Wednesday April

FSAR Monthly Meeting is Wednesday April 9
6:30 at the Kingfield Fire Station

Dress prepared to go outside with your ready pack (snow shoes).

Training: Barry has something up his sleeve!

MASAR update

MASAR conference

Upcoming trainings

Gear to share: Repair Kits what do you carry with you in the back country?

April 2, 2014

MASAR Conference May 17 & 18, 2014

FSAR: This is the annual MASAR search & rescue conference. It is a 2 day event and this year it is being held on the U Maine Orono campus. The workshops are good, and it is great fun to meet and hang out with other SAR teams.  2 FSAR members are guest presenters this year, Paul (hypothermia) and Coby (man tracking for SAR). 

The price for the conference is quite reasonable at $60 BUT the price doubles after April 15! 

We usually have 8-10 FSAR members who are able to attend. Last year's 2 day event was cut short by the search for a missing 15 y.o. girl in Glenburn on the 2nd day of the conference.

FSAR has agreed to host this conference NEXT year (spring of 2015). So we, as a team, should be 'tuned in' to all aspects of the conference from advertising, registration, accommodations, food, speakers, venders, etc. What works well and what would we like to change/improve? 

March 9, 2014

"Bluebird day for FSAR training on the back side of Sugarloaf."

"Bluebird day for FSAR training on the back side of Sugarloaf." 

(photo Melissa Shea)

(All photo below Barry London)

March 3, 2014

WInter Backcountry Rescue Scenario Exercise March 9, 2014

Note to non-FSAR members: This is a closed or by-invitation only training. If you are interested in learning more about FSAR, consider attending our monthly meeting/training sessions in Kingfield. See more info on the right side of the blog.

Carrabassett Valley Fire/Rescue

will host a Backcountry Rescue

Training Exercise

Date: Sunday March 9th, 2014

Location: We will stage at the CV Valley Fire Station and then travel by 

 snowmobiles to a remote site on the backside of Sugarloaf. It will take 

 about 30 minutes to get to this location. Please note the original staging 

 for this event was at the Kingfield Fire Station.

Scenario: We will be responding to an severely injured skier/snowmobiler in a 

 remote backcountry location. It is reported that the injured is down a

 steep embankment. Patient is conscious but complaining of severe back 

 pain. Our victim has been down for a while and it is very cold.

Objectives: Transport needed manpower and equipment in a timely manner to 

 ensure the best possible outcome for the patient and the safe return of

 all rescuers. Our 150# Rescue Randy will provide s realism.

 Demonstrate the necessary skills, ie., Patient primary and secondary 

 survey, patient packaging. Rope Handling to move patient up a steep slope

 and transport the victim as rapid as possible to a waiting ambulance 8 to 10 

 miles away.

 Also important is the preparedness of our first responders to safely work in 

 cold winter environment.

 Evaluate what we may need to do better in the future.

This exercise is a multi agency event that has invited area fire depts., Franklin Search and

Rescue, Maine Warden Service, US Border Patrol, Northstar, Sugarloaf Ski Patrol and

Franklin County EMA. We will provide transport for those who do not have snowmobiles.

First Responder must come prepared to be outside in winter weather conditions for 3 to 4 

hours. Helmets are also required. Bring your own water and high energy snacks.


Members should bring: snowshoes and your winter ready-pack, lunch and water

The Rope Rescue Team should being your harness, basic hardware, crampons (if you have them) and your mountaineering axe.  
RR team leader Shea may contact you with additional gear requirements. 

FSAR: Please advise Steve Mitman if you are planning on attending by Wednesday 3-5-2014 so we can get CVFD our numbers.

February 23, 2014

Winter/Ice/Snow Rope Rescue Training at Grafton Notch SP

Melissa, Paul and Jim did a wonderful job leading the FSAR ice/winter rope rescue training today in Grafton Notch State Park in Newery.

February 14, 2014

Rope Rescue Winter Training, Grafton Notch Feb. 23

What: FSAR Rope Rescue Team Training*

When: February 23, 2014 at 9:30am-3:00pm

Where:  Old Speck Appalachian Trail Parking lot – Streambed Ice Fall

What to bring: RR gear including Helmet, Harness, Ice axe & lunch

What to expect from the training:

-crampon use and techniques in variable terrain
-snow picket anchors, vertical and deadman placement
-placing and equalizing ice screw anchors
Please bring: Personal Protective Equipment + your winter rope rescue gear

We need to know if you're attending as soon as possible,
please RSVP to Melissa.

Instructors Melissa S (left) Paul M. (right)

* Unfortunately this training is only open to active FSAR team members. If you are interested in learning more about our team, you are encouraged to attend our next monthly team meeting/training held at 6:30 on the second Wednesday of the month at the Kingfield Fire Station (3-12 and 4-9-2014).

February 10, 2014

FSAR Monthly Meeting/Training Feb 12, 2014

FSAR Monthly Meeting/Training
Feb 12, 2014

5:30  FSAR Rope Rescue team meeting (attend the 5:30 meeting only if you are interested in Rope Rescue, no experience necessary)
  • 2 short instructional RR videos
  • Knot of the month
  • Feb. RR training event details and pre-plan, expectations
  • Team RR gear review: members are requested to bring in their harness with your basic hardware for review and discussion.

6:30 FSAR monthly team meeting:

Legal Aspects of SAR:  Paul and others.

FSAR clothing & vests order- Barry (bring $ if you want to place an order)

Gear to share: Base Layers, what's underneath?  Bring some examples of your favorite base layers or systems.

Becky health minute: Nichol Knowledge

Baxter review- January Chimney Pond training Jim & Melissa

Upcoming trainings: RR & other