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Team Photos - SAR Basics

This year SAR Basics was held on 10-11 November at the Nunnemacker Cabin (maintained by the Dartmouth Outing Club) at the Dartmouth Skiway. Three teams were represented: Southern Vermont Wilderness Rescue Team, Vermont State Police SAR unit and the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team. There were 17 students and 13 instructors.

The plan for the weekend was to meet Friday night at the cabin for supper and a series of five talks on gear/packing, air scent search dogs, incident command system, ropes and basic knots and patient assessment. On Saturday, the students would be broken into equally sized groups and rotated through four teaching stations: map and compass, line search techniques, patient assessment and packaging, and low angle rope systems. Pictures of weekend's activities are displayed below.

The instructors for the weekend were:

Laura Alexander (UVWRT) - gear/packing

Nancy Lyons (NE-K9) - air scent search dogs

Josh Stohl (VSP) - incident command system

David Hautaniemi (UVWRT) - ropes, basic knots, low angle rope systems

Chris Northrop (UVWRT) - map and Compass

Neal Mitchell (UVWRT) - map and Compass

Jan Largent (UVWRT) - map and Compass

Steve Whitman (UVWRT) - line search techniques

Robert Riversong (UVWRT) - line search techniques

Tim Burdick (UVWRT) - patient assessment and packaging

Matt Stohl (MATI) - patient assessment and packaging

Gillian Salton (UVWRT) - patient assessment and packaging

Mike Wiltberger (UVWRT) - low angle rope systems

A special thanks to Scott Carpenter who organized the training and to Beth Lawrence for getting the food for the weekend.


Friday Evening

Supper at the cabin Friday night Supper at the cabin Friday night

SAR folks know their priorities -- the first thing you do at a training is EAT!!


Supper at the cabin Friday night Supper at the cabin Friday night

After supper, the first talk of the evening was given by Laura Alexander on what to carry and how to get it all into your pack - including 12 pairs of gloves/mittens. If you ever forget your gloves, look for Laura. She carries LOTS of extras.


Supper at the cabin Friday night Supper at the cabin Friday night

Next was a presentation on the use of air scent dogs in search efforts by Nancy Lyons, head of the NE-K9 group. Her dog Trace is shown in the right hand picture.


Supper at the cabin Friday night Supper at the cabin Friday night

Sgt. Josh Stohl was next up with a presentation on the Incident Command System. Sgt. Stohl is s Search Manager for the VSP.


Supper at the cabin Friday night Supper at the cabin Friday night

After listening to three excellent talks, Dave Hautaniemi got everyone active tying knots. The last discussion of the evening was on patient assessment led by Matt Stohl of MATI. Unfortunately, those pictures didn't come out well and are not shown.


Saturday

Saturday started with more knot practice in front of the cabin while the 4 instructional stations of the day where being setup.

Supper at the cabin Friday night
Supper at the cabin Friday night Supper at the cabin Friday night

Station 1: Map and Compass
Instructors: Chris Northrop, Neal Mitchell, Jan Largent

Supper at the cabin Friday night

Chris Northrop describing the features of a topo map.

Supper at the cabin Friday night

Students determine a true bearing from a map

Supper at the cabin Friday night

Students orient themselves to follow a magnetic bearing to their objective.

Supper at the cabin Friday night

Go west young man! Go west!

Supper at the cabin Friday night

Students practice their skills by following a magnetic bearing to a find a clue.


Station 2: Line Search Techniques
Instructors: Steve Whitman, Robert Riversong

Students form a line for a search of the nearby woods.

Supper at the cabin Friday night
Supper at the cabin Friday night

The line moves through the woods.

Supper at the cabin Friday night

"Hmmm.... A sneaker in a tree. Odd place for sneaker. I wonder if this is a clue? I wonder if I should mention it?"


Station 3: Patient Assessment and Packaging
Instructors: Tim Burdick, Gillian Salton, Matt Stohl

Supper at the cabin Friday night

Patient assessment starts with the ABC's. Here a student practices her skills.

Supper at the cabin Friday night

Gillian teaches a student how to take a blood pressure.

Supper at the cabin Friday night

A patient gets packaged in the vacuum splint.

Supper at the cabin Friday night

And then gets lifted into a Stokes litter.


Station 4: Low Angle Rope Systems
Instructors: Dave Hautaniemi and Mike Wiltberger

Supper at the cabin Friday night Supper at the cabin Friday night

Dave supervises a student tying a rope to the litter.

Supper at the cabin Friday night

The group practices lowering the litter down a banking preferably without falling down.

Supper at the cabin Friday night

Mike describes how the prusik knot works as a braking system.

Supper at the cabin Friday night

"We're ready to come back up now. Hey!! Anybody up there?"