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Required Gear

When responding to a call, all personnel must be properly outfitted. Inadequate equipment is grounds for immediate removal from the scene. This is absolutely a matter of personal safety, not only for the individual, but also for the team. Equipment should be kept together and packaged such that collection and preparation of gear requires under 10 minutes. Note that equipment pack must be ready 24 hours a day. There are certain items that may not be stored in the pack (e.g. food, water) but they must be easily assessable. To prevent problems, it is essential to carefully inventory gear frequently. A list of items not kept immediately in the pack should be made so that no items are left out when responding to a call.

ESSENTIAL GEAR (Equipment list: V2)

Boots

Waterproof/resistant footwear that provides ankle support. Sneakers are not adequate under ANY conditions and personnel without appropriate footwear will not be allowed to participate in call out activities. Note that proper fit is also essential and call outs are not the place to break in footwear. If there are any questions/concerns, contact an officer.

Socks

2 pairs of synthetic/wool socks, polypro liners (or equivalent) are also recommended

Day pack

Must be able to carry all essential gear and should be comfortable enough for extended wear.

Clothing

NO COTTON (or at least an outfit that is not cotton MUST be available at all times). Needs to include:

  • lightweight, midweight and heavyweight warm top layers

  • lightweight and heavyweight bottom layers

  • Rain/wind gear - outer shell layer needs to be able to fit over inner layers. Any waterproof material is adequate

  • Warm hat, must cover ears (balaclava recommended for fall/winter/spring)

  • Warm gloves or mittens (2 pair) (consider liners as well)

  • Waterproof handwear for wet conditions

  • Safety vest, orange, preferably with reflective stripes

  • Orange/reflective hat

  • Winter - bring heavier, warmer clothes (e.g. warm parka)

Water

2 liters

Water Purification System

Tablets or filter

Food

Adequate for 24 hours under intensive/cold conditions. Should include a package of Jello (no NutraSweet). Recommended: granola bars, candy bars, energy bars, gorp, etc.

Navigational Gear

Headlamp
Hand-flashlight
Spare batteries
Compass
Whistle
Surveyor's tape
GPS, Garmin Map60 series later
Altimeter/GPS unit

First Aid Kit

4 pairs of latex gloves
CPR shield
2 cravats
4 4X4 gauze pads
2 5X9 gauze pads
10 bandaids
20 advil/tylenol
6 betadine wipes/equipment
6 safety pins
Blister kit (moleskin/2nd skin)
Tape
Notebook/pencil
3 ziplocs (kit could be contained in one)

Other

Sleeping pad (e.g. Thermarest)
Sleeping bag in fall/winter/spring
Knife (e.g. Swiss Army)
Lighter/matches
Firestarter
Toilet paper, tampons
20 feet duct tape (wrap around item such as water bottle)
Garbage bag
Eye protection
Health insurance card/personal ID card
Personal medications
Contacts/extra glasses
Wristwatch
Sunglasses - required in snow conditions

Drivers

New Hampshire and Vermont road maps - in vehicle

RECOMMENDED ITEMS

These items are not required, but are HIGHLY recommended. Many of these items are seasonal.

Gaiters 10'X10' plastic tarp/nylon lines for setting it up as a shelter
100' parachute utility cord
Spoon
Repair kit
Metal cup/container that can be heated
Snowshoes /poles/snow shovel
20-30' nylon webbing
Earplugs
Candle
Paper bag(s) (used to contain field "clues")


OPTIONAL ITEMS

Extended first aid kits
Helmet
Camprest chair
Insect repellent
Lip balm
Stove fuel
Maps/guidebooks
Pack cover
Rubber bands
Binoculars
Hand towel/soap
Sewing kit
Radio (weather/2-way/CB)
Lightsticks/reflective tape
Cards/games diversions

Rescue gear (harness, carabiners...)
Tent/groundsheet
Lantern
Trekking pole/ski pole
Bivy sack
Cooking gear
Hot drink mix
Sun hat
Sunscreen
Emergency blanket
Foot powder




NOTE: Carrying firearms is not expressly prohibited. However, if you insist on bringing one, the UVWRT Team Leader must be notified PRIOR to a call and the IC of each individual call must also be notified, preferably before departure to the scene, but otherwise at the staging are