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5/4/2021 7:42 AM
 
Last night, my application was accepted by Toole Co, Search and Rescue Association.
I had already assisted with some callouts on the LE side, but this will be my first deep dive into the SAR culture and training.
I am fairly comfortable in the gear side, but I have a definite lack of SAR specific skills and thought process. I am looking forward to the journey.
 
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5/4/2021 10:00 AM
 
It will be interesting to see if you do end up changing your gear and way of doing things.

Co-Owner Hill People Gear "If anything goes wrong it will be a fight to the end, if your training is good enough, survival is there; if not nature claims its foreit." - Dougal Haston
 
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10/5/2021 4:16 PM
 
After a few callouts since May, I am finding that my Kit Bag setup is unchanged. What is changing somewhat is my backpack loadout.
I have had a back country ready back pack for years, I am finding that I need two rigs- One ready 72 hour bag and one ready 12 hour bag.
I am still tinkering with the loadout on the 12 hour bag. A lot of things carry over from my callout bag for my deputy days, but the emphasis now is definitely more on mobility, meaning weight and streamlined, stowed gear is the focus.

I have been using the USMC Assault pack for callouts- It works well enough for the SO callout mission. I am leaning towards a panel loader of some kind for the SAR 12 hour bag. The items I need are not that different from a regular bushwacking day trip- 2 quarts of water, an MRE, handful of granola bars, headlamp w/ spare batteries, hat, gloves, IFAK, Serape or MSS bivy with green bag, red reflective thermal blanket, saw, TP, dry kindling. Additions for SAR include radio w/ spare batteries, victim first aid kit, bump helmet.

I am debating the utility of including my NVG binos from my deputy callout bag. I can see arguments both ways for NVG vs. whitelight.

The interesting thing is that the SAR mission crosses over for urban to rural, which means loadout need to be flexible. Last week, an Amtrak derailment called for a different kind of gear than a previous mission for looking for a missing child in a drainage in bear country, which was a different mission than a multiple body recovery from a lake earlier in the year.

I still have my eyes and ears wide open- there is a lot to learn.

 
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10/6/2021 1:52 PM
 
What are your arguments for NVG? I would think that since the whole point of SAR is finding folks, white light would help with that. I can see a huge argument for a good hand held thermal to help search in dark spots. That would allow you to more easily see quiet or unconscious folks. That is just hypothetical on my part as I am a complete neophyte when it comes to thermal.

Co-Owner Hill People Gear "If anything goes wrong it will be a fight to the end, if your training is good enough, survival is there; if not nature claims its foreit." - Dougal Haston
 
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10/6/2021 9:55 PM
 
NVG- We have a private prison in county. If there are escapes, I would far rather do that search passively with NVG or Thermal.

Also, during NVG allows one to locate small light sources from greater distance.

Thermal is a tool I don’t have but would like to add if possible at some point. It definitely has a place.
 
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10/9/2021 6:48 AM
 
I hadn't thought about how well light shows up at night under NVG especially fires. That is a great point.

I didn't know they used SAR for escaped prisoners, but yes that is a good use.

Co-Owner Hill People Gear "If anything goes wrong it will be a fight to the end, if your training is good enough, survival is there; if not nature claims its foreit." - Dougal Haston
 
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