We had 18 guests join us this past weekend for SAR Basic; a 20 hour training intended to orient prospective members to the basic skills required to contribute effectively to a search and rescue operation. For those that decide to apply and are accepted onto the team, they will be able to participate on searches right away under the guidance of more experienced team members.
|Emily & Penny|
To wrap up the training, guests were divided into teams, given a briefing and sent out on a mock scenario search. It was great to see everyone stay focused and working so well together in the rain. Cold and wet weather makes for a challenging learning environment, so kudos to the guests and instructors for such dedication.
PROMOTIONS AND ENDORSEMENTS
This month Chris Kantarjiev received his third and final endorsement; Navigation & Wilderness Search. Endorsements indicate that the member has a depth of experience and set of skills in that discipline that allows them to confidently and safely use them in the field. This means that soon, Chris will be joining the ranks as a Technical Member, BAMRU's highest level of membership.
Jim Lohr was sworn in as a BAMRU trainee after having completed his extensive Sheriff's Office background check. Jim brings to the team his previous experience with SAR in Southern California and has been an excellent addition.
Abi Fitzgerald was promoted to Field Member after completing all of the required skill sets to do so. Abi joined the team in Spring of 2010 and is grateful for the guidance and teaching moments that her teammates continue to provide through this process.