November was a welcome relief from the abundance of activity in October. While there was only one mission and no recurring major trainings, the Operations Section maintained an active profile within the divisions.
11/06 – T-1 and T-2 MP search/Santa Cruz County (subject located deceased).
TECHNICAL OPERATIONS DIVISION
- Conducted a joint USAR/MRG rope training on Mt Diablo in the rain with over 20
attendees. First-time introduction to high-angle systems including line attendants.
- Tim Murphy replaced Ed Perez as Training Corporal.
- Snow & Ice team started preparation and planning for 2013 recertification
- Conducted several qualifying T-1 (DEH) hikes
- Prepared prototype MRG Deployment Checklist.
Conducted full-team training in conjunction with Operations Division and Reserve Deputies focusing on safe weapons handling and medical procedures. Over 135 participants and included a barbecue.
- Continues to train twice weekly and employ team members as “hiders.
- Members completed committee work in drafting resource P&P manual and are
currently working on the Training Manual draft.
- Held an intricate map and compass, GPS, geocache training throughout the
- Held a social event at the Brenden Theatres in Concord.
- Planned and organized a team-wide social event at Brenden Theatre on December 5th.
- Worked with the Training Division on marketing Type 2 hikes
- Maintained team roster, hours tracking and databases
- Started new comms trailer project
- Reprogrammed all BK radios so Tac 4 and repeater are on the same bank. This will
make it easy to switch to the repeater frequencies during operations.
- Three new high-gain antennas were built. Logs team trained on assembly and
deployment of them. Antennas used during UNO. These high-gain antennas are kept in
the I.C. trailer until the new comms trailer is ready.
- Gas cans, radios and other equipment was rehabbed. Both connex containers were
- Type 2 Academy and UNO supported with logistics and proctors.
- Keys to the Kingdom class supported.
- Logistics had a station at this month’s training on deployment of the comms van and the
I.C. trailer to include setting up of equipment.
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