Tuesday, February 26, 2008

More from the Chief

Good Evening,

At this weeks meeting we are going to go over how to use the GPS's and look at a couple slideshows on MASAR searching techniques. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Charlie Alves Chief UC Search & Rescue EX. 551

Anybody want to do a fund raiser?

One of my on-line SAR buddies let me know about this outfit, Camp Patriot, in Montana, close to where I used to live (and do rescue). They do outdoor activities for disabled vets, which sounds like a winner to me, and a great place for a UC Adventure Therapy internship. Aimee's dad is a disabled vet, and I'm getting stiffer every year, so you never know there.

Anyway, I though we could raise a little cash for them, maybe a t-shirt sale to coincide with Earth Day and the Eco-challenge. I'll talk to Charlie this afternoon. In the meantime, read the web page.


from the boss man

Search and Rescue

Wednesday February 27, 2008
8:00pm in 1B2B

Charlie Alves
UC Search & Rescue
EX. 551

Monday, February 25, 2008

Letter from a prospective student

This might be helpful to other prospective students readers:

Hi Chris:

SAR is a student club, but it’s also a public service Maine SAR Association (MASAR) accredited team. It meets as a club most weeks while college is in session, and runs it’s own training. As the advisor, I participate by helping train students in SAR. Some of the training is curricular, such as the map-reading sessions that go with the introductory Conservation Law Enforcement class for freshmen. But most is on your own time.

The team gets called out between 3 and 6 times a year, whenever the state authorities need us for assistance on a search. As a result, students get experience in searching and rescue beyond their training. They also get to work with real casualties, and unfortunately the occasional body. Most team medics are trained to EMT Basic. Some are also ambulance staff with our local ambulance service. Others are part-time in the military or coastguard, as well as local fire departments and police forces.

There’s a team blog at http://ucsarmaine.blogspot.com/, which I maintain periodically, together with links to other rescues sites and a call-out log.

Charlie Alves (calves@unity.edu) is the team leader for the rest of this school year. I copied him on this email. The team leader and officers of the team are always students. He may also email you, or you can write him with questions.



Mick Womersley, PhD
Associate Professor of Human Ecology
Director of Sustainability
Unity College


On 2/24/08 6:25 PM, "chris f" wrote:

Hi Mr. Womersley, my name is Chris Froehly. I will be a freshman in the upcoming 08-09 school year. I found out that you are the advisor for Search and Rescue, and I am interested in participating in that. Can you send me some more information?

Thank you,
Chris F.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Mud, glorious mud

Here in Maine we are on the verge of an early mud season -- it can't quite decide what it wants to do. Just blows your fitness regime away if what you like to do is hike. Right now we can't even snowshoe because of ice.

Major private plane air crash the other day. Right by the road, no SAR needed. Not pretty. Probably icing. When the plane went in the whole state was hunkered down for an ice storm. No-one with any sense was going anywhere.

They're still investigating.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Early equinoctal gales?

SAR services in UK very busy with force 10 gales, which if I remember right, means 70-80mph winds. Meanwhile, at home, last night's ice is melting fast.

Havoc as gales and blizzards hit Britain

· Mission to save sailor abandoned in Atlantic
· Up to 6,000 homes affected by power cuts

Martin Wainwright and Aidan Jones
Saturday February 2, 2008
The Guardian

Mountainous seas are threatening to sink four stranded ships after a series of dramatic rescues saw more than 40 crew and passengers winched to safety or taken off in lifeboats as gales swept over Britain.
Salvage crews are losing hope of righting the stricken ferry Riverdance, which ran aground off Blackpool, and the trawler Spinning Dale, which is wedged on rocks in one of the country's most sensitive marine nature reserves off the Scottish island of St Kilda.