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Episode 13 – Backcountry Rescue

 Contributors in this Episode

Summary:

What is backcountry rescue and what are the challenges backcountry SAR teams face? This episode discusses member retention and training, how teams are equipped and trained based on their location, how different types of gear factors into the equation and how some fire departments and SAR teams work and train together. The round table discussion is hosted by CMC School instructor John McKently with guests Fred Salazar, Craig McClure and Bruce Parker.

Topics Discussed:

1:46 What would you say makes a rescue ‘backcountry’ as opposed to something else?

6:02 Volunteer retention in SAR?

13:40 Easy in, easy out.

17:50 MRA competency.

22:32 Maintaining competency and standards.

27:00 How do you test competency? How do you design tests so that people aren’t just training to pass the test.

30:55 Who supplies medical support for the wilderness teams?

36:29 Search

44:16 Do you have two sets of gear?

 

Links:

Craig McClure: https://www.roninrescue.com/

 

Important Warning

  • Many of the activities discussed in this podcast pose a very substantial risk of serious injury or death.
  • Products and techniques discussed in this podcast are intended for use by specially trained professionals.
  • Technical rescue, rappelling, climbing and the training involved are very hazardous activities. Each situation has its own unique conditions and must be evaluated by those present. Effective risk management comes from experience, proper training and good personal judgment.
  • CMC is not liable for any damages arising from abuse or improper use of the techniques or equipment discussed in this podcast.
  • Topics discussed are the ideas and opinions of each individual.
  • Department protocol and regulations should always take precedence.

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Important Warning

  • Many of the activities discussed in this podcast pose a very substantial risk of serious injury or death.
  • Products and techniques discussed in this podcast are intended for use by specially trained professionals.
  • Technical rescue, rappelling, climbing and the training involved are very hazardous activities. Each situation has its own unique conditions and must be evaluated by those present. Effective risk management comes from experience, proper training and good personal judgment.
  • CMC is not liable for any damages arising from abuse or improper use of the techniques or equipment discussed in this podcast.
  • Topics discussed are the ideas and opinions of each individual.
  • Department protocol and regulations should always take precedent.
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