A Great Result

- Article from MercuryNews.com

Luba Lusherovich, 77, was found in the Norris Canyon area after 185 search and rescue personnel from nine counties converged on San Ramon to help find her.
Lusherovich walked away from her family's home near Bollinger Canyon Road and Marsh Drive, and efforts to find her grew more urgent as the days passed.

Kelsey Lusherovich, Luba Lusherovich's granddaughter-in-law, said the family was notified that the elderly relative had been found and that she was taken to a hospital to be evaluated but is expected to be OK. The younger woman said the older woman was conscious and talking, but dehydrated.

"I'm ecstatic; frankly, this is a miracle," she said. "She had no food, no money, no water … I don't know how much more miraculous it could get."

San Ramon police Sgt. Hollis Tong said she was found near a creek on Norris Canyon Road. Search and rescue dogs from the California Rescue Dogs Association first found a shoe, then a piece of clothing.

The handlers notified the command post at 2:15 p.m. that the dogs had picked up her scent and followed it to a house, where they found her, conscious and smiling, Tong said.

It was Ammo's first find, said handler Sonya Roth of her yellow Labrador retriever. "I was so excited I was shaking when we found her," Roth said. "That thrill … that's why we do this. Ammo may have saved her life."

Search-and-rescue crews from Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Marin, Sonoma, Solano, San Mateo, Napa and Sacramento counties concentrated their search Saturday near the hilly area of Norris Canyon Road, near Castro Valley, and near the family home, Tong said.

There had been concerns that Lusherovich, a friendly European immigrant who once helped to teach kindergartners in Walnut Creek and Pleasanton, may have left the area, even though she left home without money. She also was without her medications, Tong said.

A police officer saw her on Norris Canyon Road as it heads toward Castro Valley around 2 p.m. Wednesday, but police had not yet been notified that Lusherovich was missing.

Police grew more worried as the days ticked by without finding her. More than 100 civilian volunteers came out Saturday to help search. "Everyone from all walks of life came out to find Luba," Tong said. "Time was of the essence."
 

Save The Dates!

The SAR medical season is heating up. We need your support during a wide range of coming activities. Each of these events provides a unique opportunity to practice your medical, communication, navigation and search skills while getting to know your SAR teammates. There is also the opportunity to enjoy the festivities while being ready to help; most even include a free meal.

So mark these dates on your calendar now to be ready to sign up when spots open up. Details of each event will be released as the dates approach. Contact Bob Harrison, SAR medical sergeant, if you need more information right now.

SERT competition, Friday, June 28
The SERT competition is a competition between various law-enforcement agencies, primarily those involved with corrections. SAR members will be assigned with teams representing different agencies to lend support. Lunch will be provided along with possible shooting time at the range for all team members who participate. Contact Chris Retta to sign up now for this event.

Danville Fourth of July parade, Thursday, July 4
A hometown parade start 9 a.m. and ends at approximately 11:30 a.m. The parade currently draws 30,000 to 40,000 people, making it the largest single event in the Bay Area. SAR is there to provide medical assistance to the crowds.

Hot Summer Nights 1, Thursday, July 18
This event combines classic cars and camaraderie to create an evening of summer celebration. Downtown streets are lined with muscle cars, hot rods and vintage rides dating back to 1969 while live bands play '50s and '60s music. There are also food, drink and souvenir booths throughout, along with downtown shops and restaurants.

Hot Summer Nights 2, Thursday, August 15
A repeat performance of the event provides another opportunity to view old cars, listen to music and walk the downtown streets as described above.

El Sobrante Stroll, Sunday, September 15
This annual downtown event features a range of ethnic foods, live music from multiple bands of different styles, a variety of booths and shops along San Pablo Dam Road, a Kid Corral and a Grand Parade.

Mount Diablo Challenge, Sunday Oct. 6
This event is a 10.8-mile timed bike ride starting at Athenian School in Danville and climbing up Southgate Road 3,249 feet to the summit of Mount Diablo. One-thousand cycling enthusiasts compete in several categories. A ceremony is held at the summit with food and beverages for all. 

Lafayette Reservoir Run, Sunday Oct. 27
The Lafayette Reservoir Run is the city’s most popular “family affair,” involving kids, parents, grandparents and hundreds of serious runners from throughout the Bay Area. Over 2,000 participants compete in a 10k, 5k, or 2-mile race through the heart of the downtown, around the reservoir and back. Sprinters, walkers, the “stroller brigade” and many of Lafayette’s top four-legged residents share the streets that festive morning. 

Diablo Trail Adventure, Sunday Nov. 3
Save Mount Diablo hosts a fun series of races on the mountain: family hike, 5K, 10K, and half-marathon. The 5K, 10K and half-marathon will all begin and end at Castle Rock Park in Walnut Creek. The 50K is a point-to-point run beginning at Round Valley Regional Preserve and finishing at Castle Rock Park. It is challenging course with steep climbs, descents and creek crossings.

Announcement: Upcoming Bike Resource Academy

The CoCoSAR Bike Resource team provides a special and unique role in searches, trainings and medical support for community events.  Being a member of this group is a great way for team members to deepen their CoCoSar relationship and skillset. Once a year, there is a Bike Resource Academy for prospective members. Bike Resource Sergeant Reza Farasati explains:
 

How does the bike resource work?

The Bike Resource serves two primary roles: First, it’s a specialty team sometimes used in searches where bike speed and/or the ability to cover certain terrain is needed. But most recently the primary use of the Bike Resource has been to be present at community events – most typically races of all types – so that participants can be quickly reached in the event of medical emergencies.

 

Who should join?

All members Type 2 and above who have a road or mountain bike are encouraged to join.

 

In what type of terrain do you search?

Both urban and rural. For rural searches, a mountain bike is required.

 

How often does the resource train?

Bike Resource members practice riding to stay fit as often as possible, with the group striving for biweekly or monthly rides. All members participate in a minimum number of trainings per year.

 

Is there a minimum fitness requirement?

Not specifically, but members need to be able to ride for the duration of any given search or medical assignment.

 

Why is having a Bike Resource important?

Like all CoCoSar resources, the Bike Resource adds an additional layer of competency to the team. Bikes are used during searches to reach distant areas faster than can be reached on foot, particularly in areas where vehicles cannot go, such as the Iron Horse Trail. They're used in hasty searches and as a support unit to the Command Post (CP) and others. The Bike Resource also provides medical support at many community events such as the Mount Diablo Challenge and other bike and road races.
 

  • Date:   Saturday, June 29, 2013

  • Time:   9:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Place:  Sports Basement, Walnut Creek

  • What will be covered:

    • Safety check of bikes and equipment

    • Short ride (few miles) toward Shell Ridge

    • Basic riding skill set check

    • Practice hasty search with bike/look for clues

    • Return to Sport Basement for refreshments

    • Basic bike repairs by Sport Basement experts

  • Upon completion of the Academy – you will be qualified to become a member of the Bike Resource

  • Advanced Training – An advanced training will be held shortly after the Academy (details to be advised)

  • To register for the Academy –  use the CoCoSAR website

  • Interested, but can't attend the Academy? – Let me know and we'll try to make other arrangements for you

  • Interested, but don't have a bike right now?  We can arrange a temporary loaner for you!
     

Questions? Contact Reza Farasati.

 

 

Mountain Rescue Group Potluck Barbecue

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Last night, the Mountain Rescue Group leadership held a potluck barbecue at Castle Rock Park for current Type 1 candidates and anyone else interested in the MRG. Family and friends came along too. Students got a chance to debrief the Advanced Land Nav class, and MRG leadership offered insight and words of encouragement before they embark upon a series of trainings this summer. 

(Photo: Natalie Zensius, Rick Kovar, Patrick Dodson, Rick Najarian and Phil Novak work to assemble the MRG's latest gear acquisition: a mobile Command Post. Photo by Wilma Murray.)

Announcement: Upcoming COCOSAR Rope Rescue Training

USAR LAngleBeginning this month, and for three subsequent months, the USAR/MRG staff(s) will be offering rope rescue training to CoCoSAR team members. This training is open to all team members, regardless of their previous experience. The trainings will be tailored to attendees' skill levels and held in the USAR resource monthly training slots (third Saturday of every month.)

Stay tuned for more details to come and start practicing your knots!

EMR Class Celebration

Last night EMR students got together for a social event celebrating the return of their Mondays and alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays. No more bucking the traffic or stressing about getting to and attending EMR class. Mondays and alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays are theirs – all theirs – once again!

All SAR members were invited to celebrate completion of EMR 2013 at the Fuddruckers in Willows Shopping Center.  Proctors, students, or just because … it was for the entire team! 

Wrapping up another year of EMR

It's been a long haul. Last night, first-time EMR students and recerts took the written exam and final skills testing to complete their 2013 certification and officially become/retain Type 2 status.

The Command Staff extends their deep appreciation to those proctors and instructors who continue to give hundreds of hours in support of the students each year along with a special thanks to our Medical Squad for the outstanding logistical support. The class would not have been possible without all of you.

Medical Detail: Diablo Trails Challenge

CoCoSAR started off its 2013 medical detail season today with the Diablo Trails Challenge (DTC). Next to the June County Fair , the DTC is the largest event CoCoSAR has to support and is a good way for team members to exercise first-aid skills.

The race consists of a 50K, a half-marathon, a 10K and a 5K run on Mt. Diablo. The 5K, 10K and half-marathon all began and ended at Castle Rock Park in Walnut Creek. The 50K was a point-to-point run beginning at Round Valley Regional Preserve and finishing at Castle Rock Park. All course distances are challenging with steep climbs, descents and creek crossings. 

Start times were 0700 for the 50K, 0900 for the half marathon, 0920 for the 10K and 0940 for the 5K. CoCoSAR teams manned the course before the first started gun went off and until all runners crossed the finish line. The last 50k runner finished in ~10.5 hrs. at approximately 1730 hrs. 

CoCoSAR team members provided medical support (and encouragement) for runners by staffing seven first-aid stations. Members of the bike team also patrolled part of the route to offer aid if needed. Teams treated lots of scrapes, bumps and bruises, handed out many ice packs and took care of a few blisters. Four runners required more advanced, hands-on medical attention.

Congratulations to all runners, with a special shout out to four of our own CoCoSAR team members who competed today: Chris Coelho, John Venturino, Andy Csepely and Alan Mathews.

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!