September 29, 2009

WEMT Scenario Training

This Saturday October 3rd, 2009 is the Northstar ambulance WEMT rescue scenario training and de-briefing at Claybrook Lodge

(photo last year’s event, WEMTs working a patient back at the staging area after the evacuation)

This is a rain or shine event, dinner will be served around 5 p.m. with the training to follow. The training activity will be a mock rescue scenario with multiple patients. WEMT class participants will take the lead on treating the patients while FSAR team members will focus on search, rescue and evacuation. The event should be over before midnight but could go later. This is an outstanding opportunity to participate in a realistic training, with supportive instructors and many of the same team members we work with on a ‘real’ rescue.

What to bring: your rescue pack, appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather, good headlamp(s) and a strong hand light, gloves for rope & litter work.
If there is interest in meeting at the Kingfield Fire Station at 4:30 we could carpool to the Lodge.

Please RSVP to Steve Mitman so we can make sure there is enough food for dinner!

September 10, 2009

First FSAR Meeting of the Season

16 members attended the first regular meeting of the season on Wednesday. The evening began with a review and critique of the 3 FSAR calls we responded to this past season, Saddleback Jr. rescue, Flagstaff Lake Search, and the Tumbledown carry-out. Members also learned about an upcoming training oppertunity at the October 3, WEMT end-test scenario at Clay Brook Lodge. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. with a night mock rescue/search/evacuation to follow. The evening ended with a wilderness fire starting training by Coby, Seb and others. The fire-starting skill is one of many needed to attain the BASAR (Basic Search & Rescue) certification that is the goal of the year's training program.

James fuels the flames.

Jake uses a 'metal match' or 'magnesium match' to start his fire.

Forrest and Phil admire their handiwork.

A row of fires kindled by FSAR members during the evening training.