[MSAR] What to carry, that fabulous DUCT TAPE, and Vests
Bdurham05201 at aol.com
Bdurham05201 at aol.com
Mon Jan 19 07:32:25 EST 2004
Our team is strictly volunteer, we receive no funding. If we want something
we earn the money (through fund raisers) and purchase it. However we still
have mandatory items to carry and wearing bright vests are mandatory.
Additionally we have matching shirts and ball caps. If it is a real search or a
planned training we look alike.
Required equipment list:
Saddle Pad (some of you are saying "duh", but believe me there is
always someone who
will try their best to be different, yes once a
girl tried to come bareback!)
Required equipment to be carried:
Saddle and/or Cantle bag
Small personal log (note pad) and pencil
Flashlight w/extra batteries and bulb
Water proof matches or lighter
Foil or thermal blanket
"The Coordinator must approve any variations of this list"
We always ride in a minimum or 2 members, we prefer 4. Each member will
have other items they feel necessary to have with them, example; I always
carry, those little fire starter sticks, a fencing tool, duct tape and
binoculars. So if I am on a team of 3 or 4 members, we all have our required
equipment, plus extra tools or equipment we are pretty well set.
In addition to the personal equipment, each team is issued a Medical Pack
that has a very good supply of first aid materials, plastic marking tape,
disposable camera and more.
One member on my team made me this great "tool pouch." It is just like
many you have seen, will little slots or pockets, I can slide my
fencing tool, wire cutters, etc., into, then roll it up and tie it, keeps every
thing neat and clean. While I was loading it for the first time I came to
the duct tape, and it just was not going to fit. But I was
determined to keep it with my other tools. Now realize it was a half roll not a full
roll, I stepped on it! Squashed it flat! It slid right into a pocket in
my pouch. No unrolling and re-rolling, no loosing it's stickiness.
Also for emergency foot protection, we have used 4X4 gauze and duct tape.
Place the 4X4's on the sole, tape them on with the duct tape, worked
great for a whole weekend.
Last bright/reflective vests:
We found some we are really please with at www.safetygearonline.com .
They have a variety of vests. We found one with several large handy
pockets, very reflective stripes, and in two colors. An orange one for the Command
Post, OIC and yellow for everyone in the field, just under $16 each.
Then sent them off to be lettered without name on the back for just a
couple dollars each.
Hope some of you find something helpful in all this.
Brenda Durham, Coordinator
East Fork State Park
Volunteer Mtd S&R
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