50 Percent Attrition Every Two Years? Not at CoCoSAR

By John P Banuelos, Academy Sergeant

The rule of thumb in Search and Rescue Team circles is that there is an attrition rate of 50 percent every two years for a new Academy class. Based on the latest team roster, CoCoSAR does not follow convention.

Our team can proudly state that our attrition rate is closer to 50 percent every three years and six months based on data going back to 2007. While we haven't yet hit our objective of 50 percent every four years, the current number speaks volumes of our members themselves and their desire to be on this team.

My class of 2009 followed the projection line of attrition almost perfectly. I miss every member from my class whose name is no longer on the team roster. As a class, we always rooted for all our fellow members to persevere through navigation, the Type 2 hike, UNO, and myriad other small challenges. We smiled whenever we saw each other at a new search, ready to link up and once again take on the ardor of a fresh challenge.

While 14 of my classmates are now gone, 93 of you from the classes of 2010 to the fresh class of 2012 have taken their place. Like those before you, I smile when I see you. I join you as my new brothers and sisters in arms at our latest challenges.

I hope that I will see all of you, from our latest classes to the grizzled veterans who came before me, for many more years to come. 

Nancy Hart, Rick Najarian, Karyn Corcoran, Larry Fong are part of the line of past Academy sergeants, along with Diane Moschetti, Diane Blue and Wilma Murray as the  über-recruiters that need to be acknowledged as contributors to our solid retention rate. 

CoCoSAR Searcher Stats for 2011

This is a great time to look back at the achievements of the previous year. It’s also a great time to analyze the work accomplished. The data below validates who the most active team members were in 2011.

Full Team Training Attendance        2011 Hours Logged Hours
Perfect 12’s
John Banuelos
Andy Comly
Bryan Walley 971
Karyn Corcoran
Karyn Corcoran 927
Wilma Murray
Jennifer Wright  887
Near Perfect 11’s
David Cossu
Top SAR Callout Responders        Calls
Dan Coyne
John Banuelos
Bob Harrison
Gerald Fay 17
Rick Kovar
Bryan Walley 17
Paul Moss
Jennifer Wright 15
Jack Peabody
Rick Najarian 14
Casey Riggs*
Karen Corcoran 13
Micheal Riggs*
Matt Shargel 13
Antoine Snijders
Mark Wilfer 13
Bryan Walley
Judy Apfel 12
*Explorers Frank Moschetti 12
  Wilma Murray 12





Explorer Recognition. The Command Staff would like to highlight the efforts of Micheal and Casey Riggs, who not only made 11 out of 12 team trainings, but also attended more callouts and medical events than any other Explorer.