The above are my two reasons why this update has been a long time coming.
Without further ado…
- Returned to crash site of N1839X and recovered two cellphones of victims
- Doc Miller and Borkowski knocked out the Rescue Swimmer class
- Doc Miller and Borkowski knocked out Swiftwater I & II
- NPS Tech Team training – Swiftwater on Pigeon River – Benjamin and Johnston
- NPS Tech Team training at Chimney Tops – Benjamin, Ransom, Sharbel, Herrington
- Benjamin taught 16 hours of medical, 32 hours of swiftwater rescue, 55 of rope rescue, and 132 hours of rescue swimmer training to various agencies
- Ritter completed his litter team training and first aid/CPR class
- Herrington taught four survival and P-SAR (Preventative-Search & Rescue) classes at REI stores in Knoxville, Brentwood, and Asheville
- Geist taught two Wilderness First Responder classes for SOLO-SE
- Land navigation training and course setup – Harrell, Johnston, Miller, and Herrington
- Borkowski taught multiple LZ classes to fire departments and rescue squads in VA
- Borkowski developed draft of SRT2 Aviation training module
- Harrel completed his SAR-duous duty pack test
- Lewis taught multiple tracking and SAR skills classes for VDEM to volunteers, first responders, and VA Department of Corrections.
- Recovery at Ramsey Cascades
- Recovery on Abrams Falls trail
- Recovery on Alum Cave trail
- Bohanon SAR – BUSAR logged over 630 hours during the 8 day search and had 100% response rate
- Abrams Creek stranded hikers – Borkowski
- Abrams Falls search – Johnston
- Sharbel hired on as a seasonal SAR ranger out of Gatlinburg. He has more responses than I can list here, but has been averaging 3 – 4 incidents per week
- Doc Miller responded to Hurricane Harvey and then Irma with his USAR team. what a stud!
Team Workouts – Going strong every week. Sharbs forgot his kettlebell one night, which inspired the painful, “Follow-the-leader” interval . Yep, that is a dog at our workout too!
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