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.

The Latest and Greatest: PMI’s Newest Ropes

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Presenter: Tom Wood | Webinar | 
Here at PMI, we are constantly looking for ways to build the best mousetrap- or in our case, the best rope. To that end, we recently unveiled three new ropes (Extreme Pro, Global Pro and HeatShield) to meet the exacting demands of the folks who trust their lives to our products. Please join Tom Wood, the Training Manager of PMI’s training division ( VRS), for an informative webinar that will take an in-depth look at these three new innovative 11mm kernmantle ropes on Tuesday June 17th at 12 pm Mountain Time.

Social Media for SAR: How to Turn Your Mission Reports Into a Fundraising Machine

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Presenter: Richard Solosky | MRA Webinar Series | 
Join us for this free webinar discussing how social media can work to enhance the fundraising and branding of nonprofits. Also, learn the new rules regarding how social media should be managed in today’s information age.

Presenter Richard Solosky has over 25 years of business development and marketing expertise. He is the founder of two software development companies and has over 15 years of nonprofit experience serving at various levels bridging both staff and board functions. He is a principal and senior consultant with Questus Strategies serving nonprofits in the areas of marketing, fundraising and organizational development; his nonprofit blog, rsolosky | hip tips provides progressive nonprofit viewpoints, attitudes and strategies. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

A world traveler, with a natural love of the outdoors and outdoor activities, Richard is an experienced backcountry skier, mountaineer, rock climber, road and mountain biker, and mountain guide; a twelve-year field-active team leader with Alpine Rescue Team, he served as president, training director, and as chairman of the Rocky Mountain Region of the Mountain Rescue Association. He has resided in Evergreen, Colorado since 1990. Richard is an environmentally concerned citizen, who believes that stewardship of both our wild places and communities is critical to our sustainability.

Rope Access in the Wireless Industry

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Presenter: Tom Wood | Webinar | 
VRS Training Manager Tom Wood discusses ways that SPRAT or IRATA certified Rope Access Technicians – using the tools, techniques and methods unique to rope access – can help solve access issues and increase worker safety within the growing Wireless Telecommunications Industries.

NFPA 1983: 2012 Edition

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Presenter: Steve Hudson | Webinar | 
The 2012 edition of NFPA 1983 Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services is out! All manufacturers of these products will soon be required to certify their products to this new version of NFPA 1983. This webinar is a quick review of the major product additions and other changes to the previous edition published in 2006. Steve Hudson has been actively involved with the NFPA Technical Committee responsible for the creation of this and the previous four editions of NFPA 1983.