May BUSAR Update..

Killing two birds with one stone, I am going to copy my updates to the park SAR coordinator on here instead of separate write ups…
Workouts – Going strong. We had a fitness trainer from Alabama come join us one night. He trains people for Spartan races and loved the workout.

 
Training – 
Nine of us attended the SAREX at BLRI this month. I thought they did a great job on the simulation and the flyer is attached. It would be great to host something like that in the Smokies, as I think it was the best way for some of the team to get a feel for big searches, i.e. briefing, task assignments, debriefing, etc. Our team made the find, but we just got lucky on the assigned area.
Jernigan and Ransom both lead 4 man teams that included one National Guard member, giving them good opportunities for field leadership. Spieden had tracking assignments, Doc Campbell got slated as safety officer, and Lewis was in management.
We have decided to make it our annual May training event as the experience of a large scale operation was invaluable to everyone.
On Sunday, we had JJ, an investigator for NCIS, teach a class on crime scene considerations per SRT2 Task Book.

 
Responses –
  • Morgan – Rainbow Falls
 
Other – 
  • We bought a domain name and should have a website up for our year anniversary in August
  • We are planning on pursuing 501(c)3 status and had a fundraising think tank session
  • We got our first sponsor through my blog. He bought us a couple helmets and radio pouches
  • June training will be high angle at Look Rock with the team, then high angle with Black Diamond team and then swiftwater training down at the Ocoee through TARS, via BCRS
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