An opportunity for SAR teams from the Columbia River Gorge region to gather for training.
Our goal is to bring regional SAR Teams, and air rescue resource agencies together in a way that promotes a clear understanding of the capabilities these agencies have - and how to best (and safest) work with them.
Each unit is invited to send 10 members. All students must have a Washington DEM #.
Agencies who plan to supply aircraft:
We are very grateful for their help in making this happen.
Paritcipating SAR Teams:
We will provide dinner, and asked for a $5 donation from each student to offset food costs. Donations are always appreciated - Please make checks payable to: Wind River SAR.
As is always the case when dealing with air assets, we can make no guarantees about aircraft availability. We do everything possible to schedule meaningful training evolutions - but in the end it is all about missions and maintenance!
REQUIRED Training: Basic Helicopter SafetyBasic Helicopter Safety was offered by Wind River SAR - Thursday, June 28, 7 pm at the Skamania County EOC.
REQUIRED Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) - No exceptions:
Helmet with 3-point chin strap
... or similar - chin strap MUST connect
Full goggles required
Full Leather Gloves
"Flight Gloves" will NOT work for tag line ops.
Must be long sleeved, and non-synthetic
Must be full length, and non-synthetic
Must provide good support and traction.
|The Air Ops Staff will closely control all movements around the aircraft. Please be patient with this, while it may seem at times excessive, we will always err on the side of safety!
Students were encouraged to work with their search gear (radio harness, pack, etc.) around the helicopters to see what works - and what doesn't. Ensure that any equipment is securely fastened.
For communications testing, use Alternate State SAR (155.265). This will allow students to try different headsets, etc...
FRS radios have found many uses in SAR, and their use at this training is encouraged.