July 11, 2012

FSAR Update July, 11

Active FSAR team members:

As you know, so far, it has been a slow summer for rescue calls. Past experience tells us that this situation can quickly change. 

In the meantime, keep yourself in good physical condition by hiking and/or working out. Keep your cell phone with you at all times and keep your ready pack stocked for a summer rescue call. Before leaving home on a rescue call, have you:

  •        Replied to the text message notification only if you are able to respond?

  •       Checked and prepared for the weather for the next 48 hours?

  •          Are prepared to spend the night in the backcountry if necessary?

  •        Packed enough food and water for the next 24 hours in the back country? Depending on the nature of the call, many rescuers will eat and drink while driving to a call to ‘load up’ in preparation for the hike in and carry-out. 

  •       Are you able to stop in at the KFD to grab team gear?

  •      Car pooling with other FSAR members to a (distant) call, not only saves fuel and $ but can help you prepare mentally before arriving at the scene and help process the call after the mission. 

Upcoming training:

Sunday, July 22  Carrabassett Backscountry Cycle Challenge. FSAR had a rescue/support role last year and we plan to participate again this year. The race is on, Sunday, July 22 more info here:  https://www.bikereg.com/Net/15826  If you are interested in helping out contact Barry or Al. Even if you do not have a mountain bike, you can be of great help during the event (and it is fun!)

August 11-12    Baxter State Park rescue coverage by FSAR, this weekend is nearly full, (max of 6 members) contact Pat for details.

Rapid River Swift-water Course24-26 August 2012
This class is being organized by Gabe. He would like a count of who is planning on attending, please email or text Mit if you are planning on attending. So far I know of: Mit, Pat, Jeff Z., Gabe, Shelby & Mark Rousseau  who are planning to attend.  This is an awesome weekend training and is highly recommended to all FSAR members. Swift-water training schedule:
Friday 24 August
1600-1830 Arrival campsite setup and initial gear ups
1830-1930 Supper
1930-2100 Intro to the swift-water environment
Saturday 25 August
0700-0800 Breakfast
0800-0830 Gear up
0830-1030 Dry-land work next to the river
1030-1200 Swimming practice
1200-1230 Lunch
1230-1300 Break
1300-1700 On river perspective
1700-1800 Gear down
1800-1900 Supper
1900-2100 Debrief day and kayaking videos

Sunday 26 August
0730-0830 Breakfast and gear up
0830-1200 River work c boats
1200-1230 Lunch
1230-1330 Final Simulation
1330-1400 Debrief and final gear down

Sept. 1-3 Labor Day weekend coverage of Baxter State Park by FSAR, Contact Pat if you would like more info or to reserve a spot.

September 12, at 6:30 at the Kingfield Fire Department is our next regular FSAR training/business meeting.

July 3, 2012