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Wednesday
Mar052014

Director's Dialogue March 2014

p>We had a great turn out at the last SAR Council Meeting in January. We would like to thank you for taking the time to attend. With this turn out, it was a perfect time to present our SAR Council’s SAR Member and SAR Commander of the Year Awards for 2013. Paul Butler, our Member of the Year, was recognized for his outstanding contributions and dedication for 2013. He was the unit commander of San G SAR, a member of the ICS Team, who responded to numerous callouts and is an instructor at the BSAR Academy. Paul is also a reserve deputy with the department and has been a member of the department and SAR for over 35 years.

Our SAR Commander of the Year was none other than Larry Ford of the Colorado River Station; more commonly known as Needles SAR, for his efforts in 2013. He had 100 percent attendance to all of the department functions during the year, never missed a SAR Council Meeting or any other event put on or hosted by the Council and Volunteer Forces. He headed up numerous callouts in his area and was responsible for the upgrading of his unit’s equipment and completion of their command post. We would all like to thank these two individuals for their time and outstanding efforts. Thank you and congratulations Paul and Larry!

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Tuesday
Feb182014

Helitac Training

The Inland Empire Search and Rescue Council will be hosting two Helitac trainings in 2014. The trainings are scheduled for Saturday April 5th and Saturday October 4th at Sheriff’s Aviation located at 1776 Miro Way, in Rialto. The class will run from 0900 to 1700 Hours. Please wear your SAR uniform and bring your helmet and 24 hour pack.

The classes will have a maximum of 25 students and sign-ups will be taken on a first come first serve basis. If you would like to sign up, please contact Deputy Woods.  909-387-0678 jwoods@sbcsd.org

Or Dave Nicolet  dnicolet@sbsar.org.

Sunday
Feb162014

2013-2014 BMC Field Weekend Cancelled

The lack of snow in the region has forced the cancellation of the 2013-2014 BMC field portion until next year. Let's hope for snow in 2015.

Wednesday
Feb122014

West Valley SAR Run for Rescue

West Valley SAR's "Run for Rescue" is around the corner. Help spread the word.


Sunday
Feb092014

Voluntary Recall of Sterling 8mm Sewn Products

Friday
Jan242014

TRBC 2014 in April

The Technical Rescue Basics Course will be April 4-6 and April 25-27 this year. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the registration form and contact Jon Woods.

Check out the course flyer for further info

Friday
Jan172014

BMC Field Weekend POSTPONED

The Field portion of the Basic Mountaineering Course will be postponed. As of right now there is little to no chance of snow on the ground in a location appropriate for our course. We will push the field weekend back to the 22nd and 23rd of February, in hope of receiving some much needed cooler weather, and of course, that white fluffy stuff. Take a look at the extended forecast report I received from Chris Corbin earlier this week. Please mark February 22nd - 23rd on your calendar.
Tuesday
Jan142014

Director's Dialogue January 2014

Reflecting back on 2013, it was a great year for all of us in SAR. The new SAR Standards were finished, printed and handed out. Funding was made available for the AEMT program for the necessary equipment with no cost to the participating units. The new Heart Bar Training Facility was opened for trainings and events. This is a facility that we all should be proud of. Funds were raised to purchase an arena and corrals for the training facility and were installed. The Hiplink Callout System was uploaded and is being worked on to provide a better system for our callouts. The PR Trailer was completed and used on many occasions during the last part of the year. BSAR was moved successfully from the old site at Glen Helen and was opened for the fall class with great reviews. Funds were also raised to purchase GPS’s and Compasses to be used on loan by the BSAR students.

 
Along with those successful projects during the year, many of use were involved with the Director’s Breakfast, Commanders/Coordinators Meeting, the Sheriff’s Rodeo, the Sheriff’s 10K Run, Gift of Love and SAR City. All of those events were huge successes because of your participation and for the second straight year the Wish List was able to provide equipment to your SAR units. A big thank you must go out to the department and to all of the staff at Volunteer Forces for their assistance, funding, approvals, tireless efforts and hard work to complete these projects with and for us…. THANK YOU.
 
The ICS Team made up of our SAR volunteers, were also very successful in their operations this year as they were called upon to assist and/or run numerous countywide callouts. The ICS Team was also successful in becoming a recognized unit by the department to be used as a support unit for future SAR operations when needed.
 
However, more importantly, our SAR members worked very hard to remain certified in their respective fields. PVS, TRBC, HARMS, OHV, 1st Aid/CPR and the BSAR SAR Skill Re-certs were at the highest level than they have been in years. These certifications and the updating of our members skills resulted in many successful callouts during the past year. Congratulations to all of our members who worked so hard to maintain these skills and thank you to all members who participated in the numerous SAR callout operations that resulted in finds during the year.
 
2013 was a very successful year on all fronts! Thanks for the team effort by the Department, Volunteer Forces, the SAR Council and to each and everyone of you and your Units. THANK YOU for your dedication and support! We may belong to our individual SAR Units, but remember… that we all are members of one…. SAR TEAM!
 
The upcoming year, 2014, is going to be another fine year for our SAR community. We will once again have a Wish List, participate in the events listed above and continue to grow and train to be the best SAR Team in the U.S and for sure the state of California. Myself and the other members of the SAR Council are looking forward to representing you and your units to the Department and Volunteer Forces. If you have any ideas, thoughts or suggestions, please let us know and we will make sure they are at least discussed and reviewed. On a personal note, I am looking forward to working with and for each and every one of you during this upcoming year.
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UP COMING EVENTS AND TRAININGS

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Tuesday
Nov122013

2013-2014 Basic Mountaineering Course Coming Up Soon

Our 2013-14 Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) is just a few weeks away, and while it is just an introductory course, we are going to cover a lot of material in our four days together.  Approximately one-half of the course focuses on the subject of avalanches.  To help prepare you for this course and ensure that your learning experience is both efficient and effective, we ask that you complete an online Avalanche Awareness tutorial available through the Forest Service's National Avalanche Center prior to coming to the first day of class on November 23rd.  The online tutorial takes 15-20 minutes to complete.  To complete the online tutorial, please visit the Forest Service Avalanche Awareness website.

Finally, while it is not a required, we strongly encourage you to complete another tutorial available on the website entitled "THE SKILLS".  This tutorial can be accessed here.  In particular, we suggest that you complete the following topics:

  1. Analyze Snow Stability
  2. Identify Red Flags
  3. Perform a Beacon Search
  4. Conduct a Rescue
  5. Probing and Digging
  6. Tools
See you all at our upcoming class.
Friday
Oct252013

BSAR Makeup Date

The previously cancelled BSAR class has been rescheduled. The new date is Saturday, November 16th. Class will begin at 0700. Lunch and dinner will be provided.

Class will be held at the Sheriff's Basic Academy located at 18000 Institution Road in Devore. 

If you are enrolled and have any questions, please contact Deputy Woods at 909-387-0678 or jwoods@sbcsd.org