MRG Quarterly Meeting

DSCF0243The Mountain Rescue Group (MRG) quarterly meetings generally go off without a hitch, but the most recently planned meeting was put off twice. The first delay was for a call out to El Dorado County; the second time it was postponed because of an Antioch search. Looks like the third time’s the charm as the meeting was finally held July 29.

The session began with mission recaps and discussion about the upcoming MRG Type 1 training Aug. 1 through 3.

The meeting also featured team tech specialist David Cossu, who described and demonstrated the mobile command field electronics. We tested the plotter, satellite phone, wireless networks for remote field operations and lots of other resources.

One new piece of equipment stole the show: the BGAN portable broadband Internet and phone. This game-changing piece of equipment allows for Internet access and phone calls in places where there is no cell service.

It was a hands-on couple of hours. After several months of planning and pulling equipment together, our mobile field electronics are finally ready to be field-tested.

The MRG meetings are open to all CoCoSAR team members, not just Type 1. Contact Chris Coelho for information about MRG.

Type 2 Qualifying Hike and SARfit

Over a dozen team members participated in the Type 2 qualifying hike on July 21, a five-mile hike on Shell Ridge in Walnut Creek. The path meanders up and down the ridge, through valleys and on and off fire roads.

Every year, Type 2 CoCoSAR members certify on this hike while carrying a 20-pound pack. In order to pass, it is necessary to complete the hike in under 150 minutes.

Team members who have already qualified for the year often come out for the exercise, the camaraderie, and to support their friends (and to ensure those less familiar with the route don’t get lost). It is a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Shell Ridge is Walnut Creek’s largest open space, with trails for biking, hiking and riding through oak woodlands and grassland savanna on the lower flanks of Mount Diablo. Shell Ridge gets its name from the marine fossils left behind when the ocean waters that once covered the area receded.

Danville Hot Summer Nights Medical

On July 17, 2014 Contra Costa County SAR was on scene and prepared to provide medical aid and assist with missing or lost children at the 20th annual Hot Summer Nights in Danville. The event was located on Hartz Ave in the heart of beautiful historic downtown Danville. The show stretched from Faz's restaurant on Hartz Avenue north to San Ramon Valley High School and extended down many of the side streets as well.

There were rare, one-of-a-kind collector cars, along side the most powerful hot rods and muscle cars from the 1960's. Also on display were custom designed cars from some of the world's most famous automobile designers, and beautifully maintained classic originals.

Check out the video of some of our team members: