ICAR 2014

Video | ICAR 2014 Lake Tahoe (Part 1) and ICAR 2014 Lake Tahoe (Part 2) from Topograph Media on Vimeo. The International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) met in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, between October 6th and 10th, 2014. This was the first time in its 66 year history that ICAR met in the USA. There…

Mission Reporting and Search and Rescue Mapping for the MRA

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Presenters: Paul Doherty & Jon Pedder | MRA Webinar Series | 
The Mountain Rescue Association has access to a mapping system called ArcGIS Online http://msar.maps.arcgis.com/home/ and it has been configured for the MRA Mission Reporting initiative. We will cover how this is being used for mission reporting and how it could be used to support operations, especially missing person search operations.

The presenters, Paul Doherty and Jon Pedder, are both members of the Esri Disaster Response Program. Paul Doherty, PhD is the Technical Lead for the Program. He has 4-years with Yosemite Search and Rescue, and is also an active researcher who focuses on the use Geographic Information Systems for Search and Rescue. Jon Pedder is the newest member of the Esri Disaster Response Program and has 9-years volunteering with the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team.

Using the Lost Person Questionnaire

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Presenter: Alan Wakefield | MRA Webinar Series | 
The Lost Person Questionnaire is an important tool which has been in use for many years by SAR Managers and other investigators to glean information from a variety of sources to help focus search efforts on clues which may be of use to search planners, evaluators, and teams in the field. The LPQ form has evolved over the years and each segment may prove valuable. Modern technology allows it to be deployed in ways not possible even a decade ago.

Alan Wakefield has been involved in search and rescue since 1972 and has served continuously as an Incident Commander in Utah County since 1990. He has received training and certifications in nearly every SAR-related discipline imaginable, and served on four separate Governor appointed Task Force committees in preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympics, including the Search and Rescue committee. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1974, has been married for 44 years, is the father of four children and has nine grandchildren.

SAR Communication Skills: Strengthening the Weakest Link

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Presenter: Shaun Roundy | MRA Webinar Series | 
When a child gets injured on the mountain, MRA teams know exactly what to do. We organize search teams, build technical systems, and provide medical care. We perform these advanced skillsets efficiently because we train for them and every incident provides an opportunity to test our abilities.

One crucial skill, however, gets mostly forgotten. We never train for it and don’t know how to measure our proficiency. The first goal of this webinar is to convince you that you’re not as good of a communicator as you thought you were, then suggest a dozen ways to improve.

The webinar aims to make you more aware of helpful communication skills and how your team culture created through communication can either cause fatalities or increase morale and dedication among your volunteers.

Presenter and communications expert Shaun Roundy has been a SAR member for fifteen years, a member of the MRA Intermountain Region leadership for seven, and chairs the MRA Webinar Training Committee. He speaks several languages; taught university strategic writing for fifteen years; and has written several books, including “75 Search and Rescue Stories: an insider’s view of survival, death, and volunteer heroes who tip the balance when things fall apart.”

Suicide Missions: Coping Strategies for Dealing with Suicide Recoveries in the Backcountry

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Presenter: Tom Wood | MRA Webinar Series |
As mountain rescuers, we pride ourselves on our ability to save the lives of the folks who are having a bad day in the mountains. But as the recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams drove home, not every story has a happy ending, and an increasing number of rescuers find themselves performing the recovery of suicides in the backcountry. This webinar will provide some coping strategies and tips for SAR managers and rescuers who find themselves dealing with the aftermath of what is now the 10th leading cause of death in America – suicide.

The presenter, Tom Wood, is an author, freelance writer and 16 year veteran of the Alpine Rescue Team in Evergreen, Colorado. He is their current Field Director, and an MRA Terrestrial Rescue Delegate. A former journalist and combat photographer with the USMC, Tom’s day job is that of Training Manager for Vertical Rescue Solutions (Pigeon Mountain Industries’ training division). He lives in Conifer, Colorado with his wife and three children.

Death Notification: Doing Your Best When the News is the Worst

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Presenter: Tim Durkin | MRA Webinar Series | 
Join us for this free webinar on this challenging topic. Death and survivor notification are inevitable parts of emergency response, but training for this important work is limited. Learn proven approaches and review the research that will allow you to share the worst of news with kindness, while reducing responder stress & anxiety.

Presenter Tim Durkin’s career in SAR and EMS began in 1992 with Explorer SAR post 616 in Maryland. While completing his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, he was a volunteer EMT and CPR instructor. He continued to volunteer as an EMT in his community fire/rescue department after college, and completed paramedic training in 2000. After work as both a volunteer and career paramedic, he returned to school and completed his medical education at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005. He completed residency in emergency medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Since 2009, he has been practicing emergency medicine in Albuquerque and is an active member of Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council, where he has served as communication chair, Vice President and most recently Medical Director.