News

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.

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