Sunday, August 30, 2009

Technical Rope Training

held 8/30 at Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, NJ. We reviewed haul/lower/belay systems and litter movement.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

GSAR Awareness Presentation & Exercise

held 8/20 & 8/23 for Hardyston FD/PD/EMS in Stockholm, NJ. A follow-up to our January presentation to this group to expand upon initial actions for emergency services agencies to take during a search incident with an exposure to the field as a grid search task.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Technical Rope Training

held 8/16 at Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, NJ. We reviewed anchor systems and haul/lower/belay systems.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Technical Rope Training

held 7/26 at Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, NJ. We reviewed knots/hitches and anchor systems.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hamburg Day

held 6/27 in Hamburg, NJ. A community event with public outreach/education.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Maybrook, NY Search

held 6/13. Team members support search efforts for female missing since December 2008.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Hopatcong Charity Hike

held 6/6. Team standby at 3rd annual charity event hosted by the Hudson Farm Club in Andover, NJ.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sparta Mountain Day

held 5/17 at Ryker's Lake in Sparta, NJ. One of our regular annual public outreach/education displays at a community event.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Vertical Rope Training

held 5/9 at Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, NJ. A follow-up to April's training with a focus more on personal vertical rope skills.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Personal Rope Skills Refresher

held 4/19 in Frankford, NJ. We reviewed knots/hitches, anchor systems, haul/lower/belay systems, and personal vertical skills.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

GSAR Skills

held 3/29 in Branchville, NJ. A discussion of GSAR topics (team deployment, basic command post functions and organization, various field task assignments) that ended with a quick pack check.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

SARCNJ "Winter" Technical Rope Rescue Day

held 2/21 & 2/22 at Hidden Valley Ski Area in Vernon, NJ.
This interagency training weekend provided members the opportunity to:
- work through a series of winter rescue skills stations such as snow/ice anchor construction and testing; snow/ice travel using crampons and snowshoes; self arrest using an ice axe; winter patient packaging systems and sled evac; and basic avalanche/avalanche search awareness.
- spend the night on the mountain in a winter bivy.
- utilize the previous day's skills to search for and rescue someone on the mountain.
Thank you to NJSAR and the NJ Ski Patrol for all their hard work!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Slippery Slope Rescue Training

held 2/8 at Lode Star Park in Fredon, NJ. This was a "patient-at-the-bottom-of-a-slippery-slope" type training that included all the associated issues (access, assessment, packaging, and transport - back up the hill). We played with various footwear traction devices, reviewed patient packaging considerations in snowy/icy conditions, and refreshed on the rigging and operation of raising/lowering systems.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

GSAR "Cold Weather" Training

held 1/18 at Whittingham Wildlife Management Area in Fredon, NJ. We deployed our new GPS units to allow members to familiarize themselves with their operation. Two hasty teams were fielded and redirected to the patient's location. Upon meeting up, we hunkered down for a winter bivy exercise (are you carrying enough survival supplies in your winter search pack?) and rotated people's roles in a small group self evacuation back to the parking lot.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

GSAR Awareness Presentation

held 1/15 for Hardyston FD/PD/EMS in Stockholm, NJ. One of our search incident preplan presentations for emergency services agencies.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Team Dinner

held 1/9 at Charlie Brown's in Hackettstown, NJ.