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Anybody involved SAR?

Discussion in 'Jobs & Careers' started by Slodgetto, May 7, 2011.

  1. May 7, 2011 at 10:51 PM
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    Slodgetto

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    What organiztion/team are you part of and where do you operate? Do you use your Taco for missions? Post up your stories and pics! :D

    I became Search & Rescue qualified in the state of New Mexico last year and I'm now in the process of becoming a full member of Cibola SAR--a volunteer team in Albuquerque. Cibola specializes in low-angle, patient extraction from remote areas. (We're ground-pounders.) I'm also a member of Civil Air Patrol.

    I'm sure there are others in the SAR community here... people will always be getting lost and into trouble, and SAR will always be needed. :cool:
     
  2. May 9, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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    Here are some pictures of Cibola SAR... I'll become a member this Thusday and I can't wait!! :D

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  3. May 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM
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    I'm in SAR- but I'm all airborne and not a member of any specialized groups or anything...except the premier maritime SAR organization in the world....
     
  4. May 9, 2011 at 2:13 PM
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    Coastguard!! Nice. :) I almost went to the Coast Guard Academy, but I opted out for AFROTC instead and kinda got screwed... =/ Are you a pilot?
     
  5. May 9, 2011 at 2:16 PM
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    That I am. Did 4 years at the Academy and got an Electrical Engineering degree and my commission. Spent two years doing Law Enforcement and SAR on a 210' boat thru out the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Two years at flight school...and now I've been flying Search and Rescue in the Gulf of Mexico for about a year.
     
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    Wow, good for you. You've got my dream job, man! :eek: Unfortunately, I had mild eczema on my ankles when I was 11 y/o. This is a disqalification for DoDMERB and I no longer have the option to get my comission through the AF or CG. That why I'm joining my local volunteer SAR team--I have the desire to do SAR work but can't get into the big leagues. =/
     
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    IDK man- Some of that mountain/backcountry rescue stuff is pretty intense too. CAP is a good way to contribute too...So you are picking the right things to do!!
     
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    Yeah I know.:D I guess the military has just always been apealing to me... so it's hard not to be involved. But, I am pretty happy with joining this local team, so I can't complain to much haha. :eek:

    So, what kind of rescues have you been on? :D Have you been busy lately?
     
  9. May 9, 2011 at 2:48 PM
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    I am looking at SAR with a strong desire to do K9 and confined space. trying to find time en between job hunting and school/life. Also going for a degree in disaster and emergency management.
     
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    Done a few MEDEVACs from oil rigs and stuff. Got a call out to hoist some folks out of a flooded area in Illinois the other day...but we ended up vectoring a boat team to them instead...Safer alternative. cause they were elderly.
     
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    K9 units are awesome! :) I take it your not claustrophpoic? lol. Sounds like a good plan.
    Very cool! and yeah I definately understand why they used the boat team for that situation. :rolleyes:
     
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    I just joned the SAR team here in Alamo last month. I am going to try and help with Mesilla Valley too so I can do K9 :)

    I am trying to get a team together, but as of right now, we are in the Alamo team.
     
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    That's awesome, Stephanie! Your team had a mission at Dog Canyon in March right? but I guess you barely missed that one if you just joined last month... bummers :rolleyes: Why are you trying to put together another team? A K-9 unit in Alamo?
     
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    I havnt done anything yet, I just BARELY started getting information on the meetings and how everything works. We had our ORI week before last, so things have been nuts here.


    They dont have a Holloman team, so I thought we could have our own base run team... and K9 would be awesome. I have an in with the master handler here at Holloman, so that would be a great start if we can get it done.
     
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    man that sucks you cant do military. Its great that your still trying though. I would love to do SAR, do you need to have any special qualifications or does it just depend on the local team?
     
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    Oh gotcha, that's pretty much where I'm at too. I'm turning my membership check, getting some SAR goodies, getting my pack checked off, and turning a bunch of paperwork on Thursday. :yay:

    A Holloman team would be pretty cool! I tried to start a small team with some buddies of mine through CAP, but two of the guys were Lt's at Kirtland (a SFO, and a CRO:D) and they never had enough time lol... It would have been the epitome of bad**s though!!! hahaha If you could get a K-9 team organized, that would be sick.:cool:
     
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    yeah... ah well. Awesome, man I found this website for you that might help: http://www.vasarco.org/ I think it varies state to state on training and tests you have to take and then there's some general national (FEMA) online tests you'll probably take. For NM, I just had to take the NM SAR Field Certification Test which covers gear, com/radio etiquette, safety, search techniqes, and map/compass. My team requires that I take the the IS-100, IS-200, and IS-700 which are on-line (FEMA) courses and tests that take a couple hours to complete. I also have to do some other training events that I don't know of off the top of my head.

    I have a feeling that if you contact a local SAR team they can walk you through the whole process. You don't really need any qualifications up fron, just a will to learn and work hard. :)
     
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    hell ya, Im hoping that the people that say they want to do it, really do.... cuz it looks like a fruckin blast!
     
  19. May 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM
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    sweet thanks man! ill definitely look into this more. good luck with all your training!
     
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    No problem, man. Thanks, good luck to you as well! :thumbsup:
     
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