The February meeting began with announcements for training opportunities. FCSAR is a leader in the region for Search and Rescue training. We strive to achieve the highest levels of NASAR and Technical Rescue training available. The team has numerous instructors and FCSAR members hold some of the highest levels available through NASAR. Please check the FCOEM website for training opportunities.
The meeting moved to a discussion of previous searches and a general critique of each. Many good ideas were shared by our members. FCSAR tries to learn from previous search missions to better ourselves for the next mission we are called to perform.
Because of light restrictions and time restraints in February, the team decided to watch two training videos. The first was about a National Park employee who had an accident and the search that followed. The second was about an overdue hiker on the Appalachian Trail. Both videos created good discussions afterwards. We would like to thank Fred Mullen for putting all of the videos and discussions together.
The meeting concluded with a quick overview of the upcoming March meeting and the gear necessary for training. FCSAR members were asked to bring compasses and grid readers for a map reading and navigation refresher.
Thank you to all who participated in the February meeting and a big thank you for all you do to keep Franklin County citizens and visitors safe. — Sutter