Logistics Promotions

Josh Israel has been promoted to sergeant and Ed Griffith to corporal on the Logistics Division. Josh has been part of the Logistics group for two years and has done an outstanding job as a corporal. Ed Griffith has been with the team for short period of time and has shown great knowledge and enthusiasm for logistics.

Please congratulate Josh and Ed on their promotions.

Open Logistics Division Lieutenant Position

CoCoSAR Command Staff is soliciting a volunteer Logistics lieutenant.To be considered for this open position, send an email stating:

  1. Why you would like to have this job.
  2. What experience and/or skills you will bring to this position
  3. What would some of your new division’s goals and objectives be for the remainder of the year.

The Logistics Division insures that all team equipment and vehicles are operationally ready for deployment. This is accomplished through periodic inventory checks and scheduled rehabilitation. At searches, Logistics Division personnel help to set up the CP, issue and recover equipment from field teams and generally work to ensure that Operations has the tools necessary to accomplish the mission. This is a highly visible position that touches every resource and division on the team.

Core responsibilities

  • Supervise and manage a dedicated and talented Logistics Division staff
  • Be the subject matter expert regarding Logistics processes and policies
  • Prepare the annual Logistics budget
  • Prepare annual goals and objectives for the division
  • Track and manage the gear and equipment inventory
  • Ensure periodic maintenance and rehab work is performed on equipment
  • Ensure that SAR rolling stock is mission-ready
  • Coordinate the cross Resource and Division logistics working group
  • Supervise the Communications and IT groups
  • Supervise the SAR store (t-shirt and polo shirt sales)
  • Work collaboratively with the rest of the Command Staff to accomplish team goals and chart the direction of the team
  • Serve on the board of our nonprofit corporation
  • Act as a liaison with other agencies as necessary

We would prefer that any applicants have at least one year of service on the team and some staff experience as a sergeant, corporal or contributing member of a staff working group. Call or email Bryan Walley to discuss this opportunity. We encourage you to volunteer for this vitally important Command Staff position.

Update: Chris Retta has been appointed to the Logistics Lieutenant position on the Command Staff. He was selected as the successful candidate due to his past contributions to the Logistics Division and to the team, his plans for the future for the Logistics Division, and his skills that made him an excellent candidate for this job. Congratulations Chris!

Changing Channels on the new Motorola Mobile Radios

To find one of the “typical” channels we use in SAR (e.g. TAC 4, CALCORD, CLEMARS) follow these steps:

  1. Press the small rectangular button multiple times under the word “ZONE” to scroll to ZONE 10 (see the small letters above the channel identifier).
  2. Turn the larger channel knob on the right side of the display to change the channel (e.g. TAC 4).

Easy as that! The communications crew will be laminating a full ZONE LIST and placing it in all the SAR vehicles on the visor on the passenger side for reference for other channels if needed.

IMPORTANT - The orange button on the right, behind the channel knob is the “Officer Down” button.  Do NOT push this button unless it is a life or death emergency.



New Radios, Same Procedures (Almost)

If you’ve been in some of the Sheriff’s vehicles lately, you may have noticed a new radio has been installed: the Motorola APX 7500 O5. The change is part of an upgrade to allow the use of additional frequencies and functions. Using this radio is essentially unchanged from any other vehicle radio: turn it on, select the channel, and press the PTT button on the microphone. But how you do this is slightly different.

The biggest visible change is the orange screen that displays the channel along with other information. The layout of the knobs and buttons can be seen on the radio’s Quick Reference Card, available in the Documents section of the SAR website. The three most important controls—power (on/off), volume, and channels—are shown in the photo above. Rotate the channel knob through the 16 Zone-1 channels until you find Tac 4 (see channel list sidebar). The radio also has many advanced capabilities beyond the basic send-and-receive functionality, including secured communications, telephone capabilities, and other features that won’t be used by SAR.

In addition to new radios being put in, the power on/off function in the vehicles is being changed. In the past, the power to the radio was sometimes wired through the ignition switch. In that situation the ignition needs to be on in order to operate the radio. The alternative was to have the radio wired directly to the battery … which then drained the battery if the vehicle was parked and the radio was not specifically turned off. Now all vehicles are standardized so the ignition must be on for the radio to work; the radio will automatically lose power when the key is turned off.

An additional change: All accessories will automatically be powered off by a ‘power tamer’ within 30 to 60 minutes after the ignition switch is turned off. This should help minimize the chance of having a dead battery due to accessories (such as a GPS charger) consuming battery power when the engine is of

New Logistics Lieutenant

Chris Poppett has been promoted to the Logistics Lieutenant position. Chris has been an active member of CoCo SAR in a variety of areas. He has been both a Logistics Corporal and Academy Corporal for several years. Chris and the Logistics Division have been extremely valuable to the team, working tirelessly behind the scenes to get us ready for searches and trainings, then clean up after us when the fun is done.