February 15, 2011

Winter SAR Simulation 3-6-2011

To: FSAR, Northstar Ambulance, Area Fire Departments and Sugarloaf Ski Patrol

Franklin Search and Rescue is hosting:

Winter Search & Rescue Simulation

Sunday,  March 6, 2011 8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Kingfield Fire Station

This simulation will begin at the KFD staging location at 8 a.m.  Rescuers will be given more information at that point and spend the rest of the day on snow. Anticipated activities will likely include winter deep snow alpine hiking, litter handling, patient packaging and some belay rope work. Participants should come with appropriate gear for a winter back country response which would include (among other things), snowshoes, spare base layer, gaiters, food, water, etc.

This simulation is considered by the FSAR board to be one of the most important training scenarios of the year. Members are requested to make every effort to attend. Simulations not only enhance skills but refine team interaction, highlight gear performance, and hone team communication skills; train like we respond, respond like we train.

Please RSVP to FSAR team president Steve Yates vose@tdstelme.net

February 4, 2011

FSAR Meeting Wednesday Feb, 9 2011

Agenda for the Feb 9 FSAR meeting
6:30 KFD

   ·     Bring favorite snowshoes and winter traction devices to discuss and share with the team
·         Discuss the March winter rescue scenario
·       Discuss FSARs role in the increasing amount of incidents on the back-side of Sugarloaf
·       Pat Cyr will do a 30 minute training on ‘Lost Person Behavior’

 The 'back-side' or south side of Sugarloaf Mountain forms a bowl shape that feeds into a wood landing at the bottom . This is where CVFD and KFD set up camp, build a large fire and make noise to attract lost skiers and snowboarders. Sugarloaf Ski Patrol assists in the search at the top. Incident command, is very cautious about putting rescuers into the bowl of the mountain in search of lost skiers because of the risks involved.