Throughout the year, the Franklin County Search And Rescue team begins each monthly meeting with training. The members train on various skills necessary to facilitate a safe, effective, and efficient search and rescue mission. The team has trained on Wilderness Medical Response, Navigation, Incident Command, Communications, Building Collapse, Patient Access and Evacuation, Survival Skills, Shore Based Water Rescue, and Difficult Terrain Transport.
The October FCSAR monthly meeting began with training on our pre-rigged rope rescue kit.
The kit consists of a 4:1 haul system using a CMC CSR pulley,
a Petzl I’D for the belay system as well as a second belay system consisting of tandem Prusiks and pulley.
All three systems are self-locking and have a safety factor of 15:1. FCSAR members found them very user friendly and easy to understand. FCSAR will conduct field training of this kit in November. All interested VFDs are welcome to attend. Please check the training calendar for upcoming dates. You may also contact David Sutter for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
The meeting continued on to recent search missions. FCSAR prefers to sit down during monthly meetings and critique our roll in each SAR mission. We discuss what we did well and what we did poorly, as well as what we can do to better ourselves and the overall team. This is an open floor discussion that allows all FCSAR members to voice their opinions.
The meeting ended with a discussion of the Mill Creek off-road trail system in the White Rock WMA.
Tom Jones led the discussion and explained his intensions of hosting an intel gathering ride that would plot the main trail, spur trails, and dangerous spots along the trail. This valuable information will be used in the event the team in called out for an off-road vehicle emergency. It will allow the team members to insert as close as possible to the emergency site saving time and possibly lives.
Thank you all for your continuing efforts to keep the citizens and visitors of Franklin County safe.
V/R, David Sutter – FCSAR Training Coordinator
Pictures courtesy of Melissa Roof