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While we would like to tell you about every mission we participate in, we are unable to do so unless the Albany County Sheriff's Office releases information.

ACSAR Board Meeting 21-May-13

  • 1905 meeting start: review of Dog show attendance roster, will send out another e-mail to encourage participation. WyoTech attendance expected to increase as date approaches. Orientation will be around noon on Saturday the 25th.
  • Spencer sent an e-mail wanting to do a mock search/ SAR exercise or joint exercise with SE WY SAR on any of the following dates: 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, or 31st of August. This would take place in Vedauwoo. The board will bring up the possible training for consideration in this month’s meeting.
  • Swift water training will be this month, classroom will be after the meeting, and the field exercise will be determined by trainers.
  • There is a proposal to move the search management training from the summer months to a possible fall date. This is still a fluid training date with no firm plans as of yet.
  • Donation letters have gone out and Vikki has received over $300 (non-website) so far.
  • The possibility of at least a partial reimbursement from the group for training attended out of town is brought up again. The main argument remains retention of trained members within the group. The points system is a good method of viewing how active a member might be and thus what the risk would be.
  • Reimbursement for gas and other personal recourses was brought up, although there is a system in place, the possibility of being reimbursed is still low. Ultimately; this is a volunteer organization and we are not employees of the county.
  • Dan would like to put up biographies (short) on the ACSAR website. This could be public relations for individual business that each member is a part of.
  • Matt will be building a Facebook ACSAR page. It will be run as an organization and display photo’s of training, training opportunities, and other public releases. The website will not post any business about past, current, or future searches.
  • Red Cross is offering an instructors course to help build instructors in local areas. This is focused on organizations like SAR to help us build funds by offering training to the public.
  • MOTION; for members of ACSAR who are instructors through Red Cross to be able to teach classes to the public under the ACSAR name (Cathi 2nd) vote is unanimous “aye” and passes. Travis Wright will develop a plan of action and paperwork.
  • Dan trains the board and officers on call out procedures. Several board members and officers were also made admins for albanycountysar.org website in order to facilitate call outs in case the Pres. And V.P. are out on call already or OOS.

 

In Attendance:

Justin Curtwright

Dan Hutchinson

Cathi Carr-Lundfelt

Harold Magness

Travis Wright

Matt Allshouse

Kurt Braisted

Josh Hurt

Aprils training was the first in a series of high angle rescue trainings.  Participants were briefed in the gear used in high angle rescue along with practicing knots. More training will be offered in the coming months as the weather allows.  

A special thanks to Neil and Russ Mathison, Jerry Hamann, and Chad Dinges for their time instructing the class.

30 APR 2013

1901 Meeting start

1911 financial report/Training report

  • Firecraft class, need to keep skills up to date (all skills)
  • Cathi instructed search basics to UW posse
  • We need to keep practicing together to build the team
  • Torrington re-scheduled traing to July
  • Still working on “managing the search” class

1915 reminder; stillneed more people for dog show volunteer, it is the biggest event for us

1916 picked up 20w solar panels, moving trailer from Mike and Vicki’s to the county yard, we will need       to check on it more often because of the move, check that batteries are still good

  • Please check out the website for information, especially the new points system
  • Comments are encouraged
  • Oil leak on generater still needs fixed

1920 (Harold) move to adjourn

Training for the meeting is Ropes & Knots

Time      Subject

1902     We started our regular board meeting with a discussion about a possible joint effort with a seperate agency for fund raising. This agency is called

              West Lake Events. WLE would come in, establish a variety of fund raising activities (i.e. concerts, kids plays) and we would receive a

              guaranteed amount of the proceeds. The contract with this agency would be 3 years. A decision was not made about this yet, as we would like to

             investigate this further.

1918     The annual fundraising letter was brought up with the suggestion that we should include what the funds this year would be put towards.

1920     The MLPI class that Cathi has been working on would be available date: T.B.D.. The instructor has said that he only needs cost of travel to come and

             offer the class for us. We would also like to find out if the Sheriff's office has any interest in sending any deputies to this class.

1930     Cathi also brought up training in April. This coming month's training would be fire starting (using various methods) along with trailer orientation.

             We are hoping that this training take place at the First Training Center to mitigate risk of setting several small fires.

1935     Justin (President) will OOS (Out of Service) for most of April

1940     The issue of elections upcoming was brought up. We do not have an adequate amount of people for the various positions up for election. This includes

             Board members. The Board and officers discussed it, and it will be allowed for Officers to also serve as a Board member.

1952     High Angle Training; was discussed. with no further information about when a possible training would be held, the Board decided to set up a firm date 

             for High Angle training. If need be, we will pull from outside sources to instruct this course.

1956     R.O.P. overview

                    -all changes to R.O.P.'s were approved by board and officers.

2028     Dan would like to cover call out procedures during the next meeting

2035     We discussed the organization of the monthly meetings

                    - Board meeting minutes as well as monthly meeting minutes will be posted online so that anyone can read at any time before a meeting.

                    - Have a set agenda for meeting for those that want to attend training but do not want to discuss business.

                    - we want to encourage more participation from members by possibly ackowledging their efforts within the group

                    - we would also like to encourage more people to come and volunteer

2040       Meeting adjourned

ACSSAR is currently working on putting together an High Angle Rescue Training class. We need to gauge interest so we can start to plan.
The class will include several familiarization classes with the gear and techniques, as well as several outdoor exercises. The dates have yet to be finalized, but will be starting in the midwinter/spring and will conclude with late spring early summer.

If you are interested please email, so we can begin to build a list participants.

Thanks

Albany County Sheriff's Search and Rescue received a call to help in locating overdue plane on October 10th. Teams were dispatched on October 11th to the Laramie Peak area of Albany County.

For more on the story visit:

http://www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2012/10/12/news/doc5077a8f28385a135601717.txt

http://www.co.albany.wy.us/psa-10-11-2012.aspx

http://www.co.albany.wy.us/psa-10-12-2012.aspx

At 6:20 pm on August 24th ACSSAR received a call on a lost hiker near the Little Laramie Trail Head.

Subject was a 9 year old male separated from his family approximately 2:30 pm that day.

SAR responded with 10 searchers along with Approximately 6-10 deputy's from Albany County Sheriffs Office, and numerous others  that helped out.

The subject was located approximately 8:10 pm in good condition on Sand Lake road.

Thanks to all who helped in the search and responded quickly!

For the Latest Information on Albany County Fire Bans visit: http://www.co.albany.wy.us/

For the Latest Information on the Medicine Bow Natioanl Forest Visit : http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mbr/home

Passing along some info from the Medicine Bow National Forest:

 

Contact:  Larry Sandoval, (307) 745-2420 or Aaron Voos, (307) 745-2323

(LARAMIE, Wyo.) June 14, 2012 – Stage I fire restrictions went into effect on the Medicine Bow National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland as of midnight on June 14, 2012.  Restrictions are necessary to protect public health and safety as well as natural and cultural resources.  Record low snowpack in addition to an early and unseasonably warm, dry spring have prompted the restrictions.  This decision, which was made in coordination with the Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Forestry Division as well as Albany and Carbon Counties, follows the implementation of fire restrictions last week on the Routt National Forest in northern Colorado.

More Information: Link

 

Albany County Wyoming has also issued  Fire Ban, Read more here: Link

 

In Attendance:

Neil Mathison - ACSO / Member      Dan Hutchison - Board Member
Kurt Braisted - Board Member          Edward Hayes - Board Member
Justin Curtright - President                John Yelton - Vice President              
Thad Hoff - Member                         Cathi  Carr-Lundfeld - Member
Rick Jansen - Albany County EMA Coordnaitor

Thad Hoff briefed us on the status of the trailer and radio units. Cy and Thad installed both radios in the trailer over the weekend. For the Wyolink radio we are still in need of a larger power supply. The Board authorized Thad to purchase the appropriate size with a little room to add on if needed. (50 watt) The hand held radios are in the process of being cut over to narrow band, soon Cy will have the towers cut over as well. According to Thad and Justin within the next few months. There is discussion of getting an additional radio that would handle much of the same as the HAM. It would also be capable of FRS an GMRS, The radio being eyed is not available yet for purchase.

Rick Jansen the new EMA Coordinator for Albany County joined us this evening. Rick stresses he would like a clean slate and let the past go. The board agreed as none have a full recollection of what transited between CERT and  SAR in the past. Rick said funding is limited, but he does have many contacts and that we should not hesitate to contact him if were in need of help. Rick would also like it if we know of anyone that would be a willing volunteer to pass on their name to him.

The may 19th Swift water rescue training went well although the water was to low to do many exercises. SAR would like to thank Neil and Russ for their expertise  and willingness to train.

The Memorial Day dog show event still needs people to help out. It was brought to our attention that the fence at the north parking lot has been removed, and will cause problems with charging for parking.

John Yelton and Cathi Carr-Lundfelt volunteered to attend the planning meetings as SAR representatives for the county wide full scale exercise starting June 5th.

We are still waiting to schedule a meeting with the Sheriffs office.

Future training being looked at: First Aid, ATV, Map and Compass.
Future events: Group BBQ, Freedom has a Birthday, Jubilee Days Parade
 

 

 

Note worthy news from our April 24th meeting:

Quick update on happenings with the Board of Directors

  • Radio's Both hand held and for the Mule.
  • ROP's and what to expect.
  • Will continue the Board meetings the week (Tuesday) before the regular scheduled meeting.

Josh Hurt volunteer and was elected to the secretary position.

Volunteers are still needed for manning the gates for the Laramie Kennel Club dog show over Memorial Day Weekend. For more information on the dog show visit: Laramie Kennel Club Website

Training this month was with Russ Matheson of the Laramie Fire Department in swift water rescue. A follow up outdoor exercise will be held May 19th for those who attended the class.


 

ACSAR April 17th Board of Directors Meeting

Minutes and Notes

7:08 Meeting was called to order and first to be discussed is the situation with radios.
Justin reported he had been in contact with Lt. Fritzen at the S/O and he is in possession of the Unit for the MULE.  Justin Plans to have it in his possession in the next two weeks after Lt. Fritzen returns to Laramie. An antenna will be needed and it is not known if we currently have one for it.
Neal is looking into what the power requirements will be for the new radio and will talk to Cy Cass about what he recommends.  The old radio system has been pulled out of the CERT trailer and needs to be installed as well. John is going to talk to Thad Hoff and see if we can get that going soon. Installing the radios need to be put on a high priority. The Mule will be used for the dog show; we want to have all installation done prior to that.

Neil says there is room to park the Mule at the County Building. Power will be needed to maintain batteries. Neal will finish checking on that.

Handheld radios currently owned by SAR need to be cut over to narrow band by Jan 1 2013. Thad Hoff has the equipment and the knowledge to do so. Taking a couple and doing the reprogram has been suggested and Thad has offered to do so for testing.

Justin has talked to the S/O and is working on scheduling a meeting with them A.S.A.P to discuss their vision for SAR. He will let the officers and board know possible times soon.

The Board of Directors are discussing placing/following minimum training requirements for participation in call outs. This is may be determined in part by what the Sheriff has to say as far as what they want to see.  The purposed basics would be:  CRP, First Aid/ Wilderness First Aid, Basic Crime Scene Management, and NIMS IC-700. The ROP’s provide a good foundation for the levels of training and will be studied more as the guideline we follow.

John said the two place trailer is in need of repairs. The deck and Wiring are shot. He has researched the cost and says it can be done for a $100. It was brought up by Justin that the S/O had another trailer that may be better/ lighter than the current two place. No one is sure on the status of that trailer. It was decided that for $100 even if it were not to be used, it would be easier to sell in better condition. And it was given the go ahead on the repair.

The Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Sean Coffman as secretary. Sean has accepted a new director position with the American Red Cross in Fargo ND. We would like to thank Sean and wish him the best of Luck.

Dan has been working on a new website. There are a lot of possibilities with what it can do. At this time it is very basic and everyone is invited to voice their ideas.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15pmIn Attendance:
Neil Mathison ACSO                       Dan Hutchison Board Member
Travis Wright Board Member      Kurt Braisted Board Member
Edward Hayes Board Member   Justin Curtright President
John Yelton VP

March 27th 2012 Elections were held. 

Here are the results:

President -Justin Curtright

Vice President - John Yelton

Secretary - Sean Coffman

Treasurer - Vickie Carrick

For the Board of Directors the following were elected:

1 yr Term (Ending 3/2013)- Edward Hays

2 yr Term (Ending 3/2014)- Travis Wright

2 yr Term (Ending 3/2014)- Dan Hutchison