Northwest SarCon
Hosted by Clackamas County Sheriff

2013 NW SARCon Personal Protective Equipment

Suggested Equipment for Field Exercises

Minimum recommended equipment lists for attendees wishing to participate in Northwest SARCon field training exercises. 

Stay alert to the weather forecast for the Mt. Hood region in the days leading up to the conference, and think ahead to ensure your comfort and safety.

For All Equine Classes (Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-6)

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for the Mounted SAR is designed to insure the team member’s safety and effectiveness as a component of Search and Rescue. Each member must be wearing their PPE to be field deployable for both trainings and missions.

  • Helmet -- ASTM-SEI Approved helmet- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) has set the standard horseback riding helmets.
  • Clothing -- The clothing a team member wears is their first line of defense against the elements. It must be durable, comfortable to operate in, and layered for adaptability. Clothing should be made of a wicking material that keeps the skin dry. The clothing worn; the basic survival items in pockets; and survival items the belt, are the parts in the Level 1 of your 24 hour pack.
  • Pocket knife (easily assessable and sharp enough to cut a rope quickly)
  • Leather palmed gloves (required to be worn only when using a rope)
  • Proper Footwear -- must be able to do the Aubrey Butte 5 mile hike with a back pack test in the shoes-boots the member will field deploy with. Footwear is essential to the safety of the rider -- it must be combined with a stirrup which will not trap the member’s foot. Also, the footwear must be suitable for hiking long distances. The mounted team member may choose to deploy with two sets of shoes, one for riding and one for hiking. Accordingly, they may elect to wear hiking footwear to do the pack test different from their riding shoes; but then that hiking footwear must be carried with them on trainings and missions.
  • Highly recommended:
    • Sunglasses
    • Earplugs (for sound sweeps)

FOR OTHER CLASSES:

Friday, October 4, 2013

K9 Specialty Training (all disciplines)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Field Exercises (1E, 2E and 3E)

These courses are typically in the field all-day. Participants will need to bring their own snacks, lunch and adequate hydration into the field, as well as for their K9 partners.

SAR Tracking - Man Tracking in Search and Rescue Operations
BORSTAR Team Members
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Classroom (1Fa)
1:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Field Exercise (FE-1Fa)

Minimum safety equipment necessary for each participant is field clothes, water, notebook, pencil, tape measure and a walking stick.

4WD Vehicle Operations Off-road:  What 4-Wheel Drive Really Is!
Bill Burke
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Classroom (2F)
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Field Exercise

Work gloves and boots.

Witness Interview and Last Seen Point/Andrews Drill
Jerry Richert

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Classroom (2G)
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Field Exercise (FE-2G)

The field exercise portion of this session will take place at a pond. All participants will be required to wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD).  A limited number of PFD’s will be available on-site.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own PFD. Weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy boots are also recommended.

Keeping Your Patient Protected – Sheltering
Peter Kummerfeldt

1:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Field Exercise (FE-3B)
Bring your pack with SAR equipment.

Helicopter Safety
REACH Air Medical Services
1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Field Exercise (FE-3F)

Protective eyewear and ear protection recommended.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

K9 Specialty Training (all disciplines)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Field Exercises (1E, 2E and 3E)

These courses are typically in the field all-day. Participants will need to bring their own snacks, lunch and adequate hydration into the field, as well as for their K9 partners.

Swiftwater Awareness
Rob Wurpes and Nate Thompson
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Field Exercise (FE-4G)

This course will involve swimming and the navigation of difficult terrain. Specialized equipment such as dry suits, thermals, gloves, PFD, helmet and shoes are required. Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Please indicate sizes needed at registration if you will need loaner equipment. This course is an all day field exercise. Participants will need to bring their own snack, lunch and adequate hydration into the field.

Fracture and Dislocation Management
Carrie Friend and JD Storn
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (4D)
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  (5D)

Be prepared for all weather conditions and dress appropriately as participants will be in the field.

SAR ATV Operations – Optimizing the Safe Utilization of ATVs in Search and Rescue
BORSTAR Team Members
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Field Exercise (4Fa)

Minimal safety equipment required is a motorcycle/ATV approved helmet, goggles and protective gloves. This course will take place in the field. Participants are encouraged to be prepared and bring their own food and hydration into the field.

Droning On:  Multirotor Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Demonstration
Patrick Sherman and Brian Zvaigzne
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Field Exercise (FE-5C)

Binoculars are suggested, though not required.

Helicopter Operations
US Coast Guard
1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Field Exercise

Protective eyewear and ear protection recommended.

Wilderness Static Case Scenarios
Joe Rabinowitz et. al.
1:30 – 5:00 p.m.  (6D/7D)

Be prepared for all weather conditions and dress appropriately, as participants will be in the field.

Precision Compass Operation for SAR
Corey Stone
1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Classroom/Field Exercise (6B and FE-6B)

Students are encouraged to bring their own suitable compass.

Keeping Your Patient Protected – Fires and Firecraft
Peter Kummerfeldt
1:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Field Exercise (FE-6Bb)

Bring your pack with SAR equipment.

Rough Terrain Safety for Ground Searchers
Al Tong and Rob Cruickshank
1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Field Exercise (FE-6Ba)

Required equipment:
• Climbing helmet
• Safety glasses
• Leather gloves
• Lug-sole boots (min ankle height)
• 14’ 1” climb spec webbing
• 20’ 1” climb spec webbing
• 6mm x 6' Prusik
• 6mm x 10' Prusik
• 2 carabiners, min 0.75” gate opening
Optional equipment:
• Climbing harness
• 8mm x 65’ personal rope
Knot list:
• Figure 8
• Water knot
• Overhand on a bight
• Prussik
• Munter hitch
• Swiss seat

4WD Off-Road Vehicle Recovery in Action
Bill Burke
1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Field Exercise (FE-7F)

Work gloves and boots.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

K9 Specialty Training (all disciplines)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Field Exercises (1E, 2E and 3E)

These courses are typically in the field all-day.  Participants will need to bring their own snacks, lunch and adequate hydration into the field, as well as for their K9 partners.

Shallow Water Crossing
Rob Wurpes and Nate Thompson
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Field Exercise (FE-8G)

This course will involve swimming and the navigation of difficult terrain. Specialized equipment such as dry suits, thermals, gloves, PFD, helmet and shoes are required. Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Please indicate sizes needed at registration if loaner equipment is needed. This course is an all-day field exercise.  Participants will need to bring their own snack, lunch and adequate hydration into the field. 

Rigging the Sked Stretcher for Basic and Advanced Rescues (Land, Air and Water)
Marcel Rodriguez
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Field Exercise (FE-8B)

Climbing harness (optional), approved climbing helmet (required), eye protection (required), sturdy boots (required), weather-appropriate clothing

Wilderness Dynamic MCI Drill
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (8D) Part 1 of 2
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (9D) Part 2 of 2

The drill will take place in the field, so participants are expected to be prepared (food/water) and dress appropriately for the weather.

SAR ATV Operations – Optimizing the Safe Utilization of ATVs in Search and Rescue (Repeat)
BORSTAR Team Members
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Field Exercise (8Fa)

Minimal safety equipment required is a motorcycle/ATV approved helmet, goggles and protective gloves. This course will take place in the field. Participants are encouraged to be prepared and bring their own food and hydration into the field.

Advanced 4WD Vehicle Off-Road Operations
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Classroom (8Fb)
12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Field Exercise (FE-8Fb)

Work gloves and boots. Lunch and refreshments are not provided in the field. Please plan accordingly.

GPS Land Navigation
Blake Miller
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Classroom (9B)
1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Field Exercise (FE-9B)

Students must bring their personal GPS receiver for this class.

SAR Tracking - Man Tracking in Search and Rescue Operations
BORSTAR Team Members
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Classroom (9F)
1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Field Exercise (FE-9F)

Minimum safety equipment necessary for each participant is field clothes, water, notebook, pencil, tape measure and a walking stick.

Keeping Your Patient Protected – Sheltering (Repeat)
Peter Kummerfeldt
1:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Field Exercise (FE-10B)

Bring your pack with SAR equipment.