We have an excellent Full Team Training coming up in May, so it's a good time to remind everyone of the Minimum Participation Requirements each team member must meet by the end of the year to maintain their team membership.
- Each Team Member must attend & participate in at least 6 of the 12 (5 if you are active in an official SAR Resource) Full Team Trainings. We have 8 left in the year.
- We all must log at least 120 hours as well by year’s end.
- Lastly, we each must show participation in some Full Team and/or Hasty Searches. We realize that Call Outs have been on the light side so far this year, but by the end of year each team member should be able to attend at least one search at the minimum.
SAR Participation Requirements are here for very good reasons–mostly for your safety and the safety of your team members you are in the field with. Thank you for your membership on the team and your service to your community. Let Walter Eichinger know if you have any questions!
Please take a few minutes and update your SAR Hours Log for the month of April. Walter will be turning in the Summary Report next Wednesday for Command Staff review.
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.
During the month of March, there were two callouts, but only one became a search.
The team was preparing to leave for Brentwood to look for a Danville woman who was considered at risk, but the woman was found shortly after the call went out to the team.
The full team was called for a mutual-aid search in Lake County. The subject was a missing 12-year-old last seen the morning of March 14. CoCoSAR was asked to join the third operational period.
The original search was on Cobb Mountain, but after purported sightings, the search had been expanded to Lakeport and Kelseyville. Forty-one searchers from CoCoSAR were on scene. Some were sent to Cobb Mountain, while others conducted an urban search, handing out flyers door to door.
CoCoSAR was handed the management of the entire search for that period, which meant managing over 100 searchers. Marin County took responsibility for one division and CoCoSAR the other.
Communications were very difficult and the search was logistically challenging, but it went smoothly. After several hours, the girl turned up at her brother’s home in Santa Rosa.
Command Staff is pleased to recognize five SAR Team members for exemplary service for the month of March.
Diane Blue and Anita Thede are recognized for their overall work with team fundraising and, in particular, the recent St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser. Diane and Anita not only participated in the event, but also planned and coordinated the SAR effort. Their work has helped bring much-needed funds to the SAR Team so we may continue our work!
For their “above and beyond” work in proctoring our current EMR class, Command Staff is pleased to recognize Catrina Christian, Laura Hubbard and Mike McMillan. Not only have they provided excellent proctor help during class hours, each has spent additional time at OES helping students with extra study sessions during non-class days/hours. The EMR students and instructors really appreciate this and the team as a whole benefits, as well.
CoCoSAR Command Staff is soliciting a volunteer Logistics lieutenant.To be considered for this open position, send an email stating:
- Why you would like to have this job.
- What experience and/or skills you will bring to this position
- 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.
- 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!
Last month we honored the SAR Members (Murphy/ Murray), Rookie (Griffith) and Explorers (Riggs twins) of the Year. Their contributions over the past year made them extremely well deserving team members. Their individual accomplishments made a major impact on the team.
As I mentioned during the Volunteer Banquet, trying to narrow recognition down to a few people is difficult given the size of the team.
The SAR team annually contributes over 40,000 hours to the mission. This means a lot of people are doing exceptional work on this team.
To try and ensure that we give proper recognition commensurate with the size of this program we have the SAR Coordinator Award. The members who receive this are chosen by the SAR Command Staff for their contributions to the success of the team over the past year.
2012 SAR Coordinator Awards:
Josh Israel, Chris Retta and Judy Apfel
These three people played a critical role as part of the SAR logistics resource this year. Along with the other dedicated members of the group, they ensured equipment was ready and deployed as needed. The best way to demonstrate the effectiveness of the logistics resource is when they are not part of the pre-event preparation, there is a distinct drop-off on our ability to be ready to respond. These three played huge roles in ensuring the academy was ready, team trainings were ready and countless other events had what they needed to be successful. Managing logistics is neverending; it’s not high profile and it’s probably not recognized enough. This group has been a huge contributor this year.
Caroline Thomas Jacobs
Caroline has been a dynamo this year taking on the role of member-at-large and redefining this position into the team ombudsman. The team ombudsman is a vital link between the membership and the Command Staff. It provides a person that the membership can rely on to answer critical questions regarding the direction of the team.
Caroline in her spare time took on the role of team training sergeant as well. She took the single biggest training of the year, the full-team medical training, and made it bigger and better than in previous years. Caroline’s hand has been involved in most of the monthly team trainings since then. Her dedication to making the team better is exemplary.
Joe has been heavily involved in the Mountain Rescue Group for the past several years. This year he took on the management and execution of the Type 1 required Wilderness Medical Responder class. This was no easy task. The curriculum had to be built from the ground up and instructors trained on the required topics. Joe took additional training to build his skills. He filled a training void on the team and ensured the Type 1 resource maintained a high level of medical training.
Steve has been one of the leads of the USAR resource over the past few years. He is quiet and unassuming, but has been instrumental in building the USAR resource into an extremely competent and cohesive unit. His professionalism and drive to increase everyone’s competence and his drive to get better makes him stand out. And if his total dedication was not enough, he has embarked on training a K9 in SAR. His dedication to the mission is extraordinary.
Jeremiah has been on the team for some time. He has made his mark on the technical operations of the team. He is the lead of the USAR resource and a key technical operator in the Mountain Rescue Group. His competence and leadership have raised the technical bar in both groups. He has been able to help marry the two disciplines of USAR and mountain rescue to build both programs by making them come together. His focus on safety and his technical expertise is unmatched. His ability to communicate the direction, ensure safe operations and at the same time build competence is paying huge dividends in how our team manages technical rescue operations.
Pierce while helping others publish the monthly newsletter has now inherited the title of publisher. While many help put together the monthly newsletter, his expertise in the software to build the online newsletter is what keeps it going month after month. People don’t join the team to publish newsletters. But the newsletter is important to the team. Pierce tirelessly and with good humor continues to make this publication happen.
David Cossu and Andy Csepely
Dr.’s Cossu and Csepely are the brains behind the CP. We are fortunate to have a huge variety of technical capabilities when we run a CP. Wired networks, printers, plotters, gps downloads etc. Without their work behind the scenes to ensure it all runs smoothly, we’d still be doing everything old school. The majority of the team does not see what it takes to keep this aspect of the team running and evolving. These two individuals bring us some world-class technical expertise that sets this team apart.
Antoine Snijders, Paul Moss and Jim Gay
There is a lot of work that goes into keeping our medical equipment up to standard as well as ensuring our medical details are well staffed. These three played a variety of roles to ensure we were ready for both trainings and scheduled events. Whether it was restocking equipment, scheduling events or ensuring we have the proper staffing, this was the responsibility of these three. Their work was almost all behind the scenes but instrumental in ensuring we were ready to provide our medical services to the public.
Diane for many years has been involved in the recruiting and hiring of countless SAR volunteers. She puts in a lot of hours day in and day out contacting prospective applicants, processing their paperwork and shepherding these candidates through to the academy. Her positive personality and follow-through have ensured we continue to bring in quality applicants. She’s the perfect SAR ambassador.
I’ve mentioned many times that there are many team members doing remarkable things to ensure the team’s growth and success. The above names make up only part of why this team is so amazing. But if you look at the work done by these individuals it becomes very easy to see that with-out them, this team would be much different. This team would be much smaller, much less technically competent and much less capable of helping those in need. It is no small feat. Please take a moment and thank them for their service to the mission.
Together Patrick Walker, who took the lead, and Joe Keyser, who offered mentoring, put together a challenging and interesting night mock search team training for February. This is no easy task. Patrick built a "plane" (or parts of it) to use for a crash scenario and gathered friends and family to act as subjects. This was an inventive project and as anyone who has ever put on a training knows, took a lot of work and organization. Kudos to Patrick and Joe for their efforts.
SAR Explorer(s) of the Year
2012 SAR Rookie of the Year
Ed Griffith has been selected as the SAR Rookie of the Year by his peers on the team. Ed graduated with the 2011 SAR Academy after retiring as a sergeant with the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office in 2010 after a 20-plus-year career. Ed wasn’t ready for the life of golf and bridge clubs, so he sought out the team as the perfect service-oriented group for his background. (That and I think his wife Suzy needed to get him out of the house.)
SAR Member(s) of the Year
As has been the tradition in the past few years, we were able to select two members as SAR Member(s) of the Year. With over 200 people on the team and the incredible work put in by everyone this past year, I’d like to thank Wilma Murray and Tim Murphy for their great service this year.