May 17, 2009

May 16, 2009 Tumbledown Mountain carry-out

Around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16th, FSAR was requested to respond to Tumbledown Mountain in Weld to assist in the carry-out of an injured hiker. The patient was reported to have a broken ankle, was in her 40's and weighed around 190 lbs. Although the weather was in the low 50’s, the weather forcast called for rain and temps in the 40’s for that evening and night.

The team was notified/activated by telephone and a respectable 7 members were able to respond. By 6:30 p.m. most of the team had arrived at the command post located at the base of the Brook Trail in Weld. After about a 40 minute hike in the rain, the team met up with the evacuation group. For the next 1.5 hours, the team assisted with the carry out. The group used the ‘caterpillar’ and 3x3 litter-moving techniques to methodically move the litter down the trail. An ATV was utilized for the final more graded section of the trail.

The patient was transferred from the ATV to a waiting NorthStar ambulance where she was stabilized and transported to FMH. According to Weld Fire Chief Wallace Tyler, 42 rescuers responded to the call from Weld FD, Wilton FD, Maine Warden Service, Franklin Search & Rescue and others. The rescue was considered a success as the patient was quickly and safely evacuated from the mountain without any injuries to the rescuers.

The bright light of the ATV announces the arrival of the patient at the trail head.

A string of headlamps can be seen leading to the check-in point at the Brook Trail command post.

FSAR president Steve Yates checks in at the command post.

All rescuers are logged in before being allowed to access the trail and are checked out when leaving it. A wet but happy Nikola checks out before leaving the scene.

May 10, 2009

2009 MASAR Conference at Sunday River

About 50 Search & Rescue members from all over New England participated in the annual MASAR conference this weekend. The event was held at the Jordan Hotel at Sunday River ski resort and hosted by Wilderness Rescue Team. Trainings at the event included: man tracking, Land navigation, wilderness medical, critical debriefing, K-9 awareness, crime scene prevention, environmental terrorism.

Classroom session on man tracking

Footprint analysis

Bill Kay directing moving of a patient in the wilderness

Col. Wilkinson of the Maine Warden Service addresses the conference.

May 1, 2009

MASAR Spring conference,
Sunday River Resort
May 9-10

Final Reminder!

Hi FSAR team,

This has been a great conference in the past and worth attending if possible. Steve M. and Pat, and possibly Steve Y are planning on attending this year. We are planning on driving down to Bethel early on Saturday, tenting Saturday night and retuning after lunch on Sunday. It is not too late to register if you act soon.
Registration info can be found here:

Please let me know if you are interested in carpooling with us.
If you are unable to attend, please mark your calendar for the May 13th FSAR training/meeting. We have some good stuff planned for this evening.