(photo Melissa Shea)
March 9, 2014
March 3, 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
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
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.