[MSAR] Night MSAR
obsar1864 at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 19 11:16:05 EST 2004
Una, sounds like you quickly corrected his misinformation! We have had a
team train with us that as soon as the sun started to go down, they packed
up and left...missing out on a really cool full scale interagency mock night
search. That's where my frustration with the whole issue comes from.
Osage Beach Fire Protection District SAR Division
>From: Una Smith <una at lanl.gov>
>Reply-To: Mounted search and rescue <msar-riders at lists.ibiblio.org>
>To: Mounted search and rescue <msar-riders at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: Re: [MSAR] Night MSAR
>Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 08:22:14 -0700
>Jorene Downs wrote:
> >I seem to recall a recent reference to a local MSAR unit not
> >responding to many call-outs because many were night responses.
>Hm. Could have been something I said. But what I said was
>that many of our local SAR missions are at night...and we do
>not get called. As it happens, last night we had a training
>(ELT beacon tracking) and during it I talked to one of our
>local Field Coordinators (FCs are the people who operate as
>incident commanders during SAR missions). He said it was
>the FCs' understanding that we did not want to be called out
>at night, period. This is good to know, because it is easily
>fixed! He also mentioned that in some parts of New Mexico
>(warmer parts than here) SAR misssions usually do not operate
>at all at night; they wait until daylight. Which boggles
>my mind: when someone needs help, those hours are precious.
>Another bit of intelligence from this FC: New Mexico has
>very few trackers, compared to other states. This too is an
>opportunity for us. Our unit has more than its fair share
>of cattle ranchers and elk hunters; both activities promote
>at least track awareness.
> Una Smith
> Santa Fe County Sheriff's Posse, in New Mexico
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