Saturday, January 29, 2011

Marin County Search

On Friday Jan 28 BAMRU was involved in a mutual aid delayed call-out for an ongoing search in Marin County. The search was for a 53 year old woman reported missing about 10 days prior.

The search involved more than 75 individuals from multiple agencies, coordinated by Marin County. Shortly after beginning the search, BAMRU located the deceased subject. Search management and law-enforcement was called in, and BAMRU returned to the command post.

The subject was a long-time teacher and community member. We hope that the part we played helped to bring closure to the family and the local community.

More news: Marin IJ | San Francisco Examiner

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2011 Winter Training

BAMRU held its winter training in the Castle Peak area on Jan 22-23. We practised skills for travelling and camping in the winter mountains. Topics included avalanche avoidance, route-finding, search for avalanche victims using beacons and probes. We also practised winter camping and building emergency snow shelters. These skills help to keep our teams safe during winter operations.

Friday, January 7, 2011

BAMRU 2010 Activity Summary

13 Significant SARs (1438.5 hrs)
-- Point Reyes
-- Santa Clara SAR
-- Nevada County
-- Butte County #1
-- WS-100
-- Point Reyes
-- Bunker Hill
-- San Bruno Fire
-- Butte County #2: Loren Harvey
-- Hillsborough: Memorial Park
-- Loma Mar
-- Storm Watch
-- Alpine Meadows

Outreach activities (Highlights):
-- Skye Memorial Service
-- SAREX conference/training presentations
-- Joint Trainings Marin Fire Rescue
-- Stanford University Medical School lecture
-- Hug-a-Tree Lectures
-- San Mateo County Jail ERT

22 Trainings (4351.5 hrs)
-- AIARE I – Avalanche
-- Winter Mountaineering
-- County Storm Watch
-- BASARC Incident Command
-- Mock SAR
-- Trainee Skills Days
-- SAR Basic
-- General SAR Skills
-- Rock Skills
-- SO Vehicle Training
-- Alpine Mountaineering
-- Basic Technical Skills
-- Advanced Technical Skills
-- Medical Skills Refresher
-- Advanced Litter Handling
-- Escape From Alcatraz

32 Meetings (703 hrs)
-- Board of Directors Conference Calls
-- Board of Directors Meetings
-- General Membership Meetings

1 Recertification (519 hrs)
-- Tracking and Search Management

These statistics only cover those hours captured and recorded by the unit secretary, there are many more hours put in by each and every member in the unit that are not captured. Thanks to each and every BAMRU member for your ongoing support and dedication.

Special Thanks to Tom Grossman our Unit Leader for his 3 years of outstanding leadership and to Ethan Frantz our Training Officer for successfully coordinating 22 trainings.

Outstanding work!

Bill Parker
Unit Secretary, Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit