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SCSAR Supports the Community

SCSAR is proud to announce that we are now partnering with the SCSARDA to deliver the Hug A Tree program to any agency or school who's interested.  To learn about about Hug A Tree, visit http://www.nasar.org/hug_a_tree_program

 

Verified Volunteers

Starting in March 2016, Verified Volunteers will now conduct the background checks for SCSAR.  All SCSAR members are required to have these new checks completed by 4/1/16.  We have been very impressed with the thorough nature of their checks and the monthly rechecks offered by this service.  As always, we strive to provide highly trained, credentialed, professional and Verified Volunteers.

 

 

 

2016 Upcoming Training/Events

 

Mapping/Communication Teams

Every 1st Thursday of each month our Mapping and Communication Teams meet.  The Mapping team meets from 6:00pm - 7:30pm and Communications meets from 7:30pm - 9:00pm.

 

FUNSAR

We began our third FUNSAR course on 9/15. 6:30pm at Spartanburg Community College.  NASAR instructor, Brian Adams, is teaching the course with assistance from SCSAR SAR II's.  The course itself will take place for 9 consecutive Thursday's and conclude on the weekend of 11/12-11/13. 

 

2016 Past News

 

9/11/16 - Spartanburg County SC - MLSO Training

Members from SCSAR and Henderson County Rescue took a two weekend, 34 hour course in Managing Land Search Operations.  This was the third time we have offered this training to our SAR members.   The course was taught by Roland Hamrick of SCSLLC out of Shelby NC.

 

8/21/16 - Spartanburg County SC - IMT Training

Members from SCSAR, SCARDA, Southern Pride and Henderson County Rescue took a 16 hour weekend training course on Local All Hazard Incident Management Teams.  This was the first time we offered this course to our SAR members.  It was taught by Roland Hamrick and Jeffrey Cardwell of SCSLLC out of Shelby NC. 

 

8/6/16 - Abbeville County SC

Saturday morning at 6:00am SCSAR, SCSARDA, and a Georgia Dog Team began a search operational period in hopes of helping find a missing fisherman.  It was a great team effort and any pertinent information found was given to the proper authorities. 

 

 

6/23/16 - Avery County NC

Late Wednesday night we received the call regarding a search in the Linville area for a missing person to commence at 8am on Thursday.  With it being during the week, a few of our members took vacation days and made the trip.  We were there at 7:45am and broke up into a dog team and ground search team.  Both teams worked tirelessly but unfortunately were unable to locate the missing subject.  Two days later he was located a 1/4 mile outside of our assigned search area.  Please keep his friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

 

6/5/16 - Chester County SC Search

Late Saturday night we received the call regarding a search in Chester County for a missing sky diver.  Following the ENS activations and some personal texts, we mustered up 20 plus to help find this individual (only a few pictured below).  While the outcome wasn't what we wanted, we're glad he was found.  Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Below is a pic from the Chester SC search and of course, more are on our facebook.  Thanks again to so many who were able to come out to one or all three SCSAR events that took place the first weekend of June.

 

6/4/16 - Conestee Park Activation

SCSAR made a rare appearance in Greenville County to help assist with finding a missing man with advanced Lou Gehrig's Disease.  Fortunately, the man was able to locate a church and the proper authorities were notified.  However, I can[t say enough about our team, their willingness to come out (many absolutely exhausted), and show their dedication to SAR.  Below is a group pic with most of the people who made it to Conestee on 6/4.

 

 

6/4/16 - Mock Search

A special thanks to SWW and all of our volunteers (100 who committed showed) for coming out on a very hot Saturday in June to do a Mock Search.  Also, a special thanks to Roland Hamrick and one of his colleagues for evaluating.  All in all, a lot of great lessons learned. The entire exercise, whether the Friday night setup, the actual exercise, or the hectic teardown due to an actual activation exemplified team.  It was a great job by everyone.  Below is a picture from the exercise and as always, more are on our Facebook.

 

4/10/16 - Teepa Snow Seminar

A special thanks to Teepa Snow for coming out and doing an all day, 2 session seminar on Dementia.  As always, she is the best at what she does and we're very fortunate she agreed to come back and share her knowledge and expertise with is.  Below is a picture and more pictures and videos are on our facebook page:

 

4/4 - 4/6 - Mills River Search

A special thanks to our ten SCSAR volunteers who came out one or both days of the Mills River search.  Please know how much we appreciate everyone of of you for taking time away from you jobs and families.  Also, a special thank you to SCSARDA for your continued support and partnership.  There would not be an SCSAR without an SCSARDA and all of the wonderful volunteers from both search groups.  As always, everyone with SCSARDA was great as were all of the agencies involved with this search effort.  Thanks again everyone. 

 

2/20/16 - Oconee Search

With the Oconee search we were to limit the number of our personnel to 8 as the focus was working the dog teams.  Therefore we chose 8 for this search and within 3 hours of our arrival one of our partnering teams, NCSARDA, located the subject.

 

 

 

2/13/16 - Mock Search

About 50 SAR members attended our  mock search on February 13 at the Spartanburg Water Works.   Overall, it was a very positive learning experience and gave our mapping communication teams a great opportunity to continue to increase their proficiency in various mapping areas.  A special thanks to the 2 scout troops who were our lost subjects in the woods and a special thanks to the awesome volunteer turnout.

 

 2/20/116 - Oconee Search

With the Oconee search we ark to limit the number of our personnel to 8 as the focus was working the dog teams.  Therefore we chose 8 for this search and within 3 hours of our arrival of our partnering teams, NCSARDA, located the subject.

    

 

4/4 - 4/6 - Mills River Search

 

A special thanks to our ten SCSAR volunteers who came out one or both days of the Mills River search.  Please know how much we appreciate everyone of of you for taking time away from you jobs and families.  Also, a special thank you to SCSARDA for your continued support and partnership.  There would not be an SCSAR without an SCSARDA and all of the wonderful volunteers from both search groups.  As always, everyone with SCSARDA was great as were all of the agencies involved with this search effort.  Thanks again everyone. 

 

 

Teepa Snow - 4/10/16

On 4/10 Teepa Snow will deliver a 2 session seminar on Understanding Dementia for Search and Rescue.  This presentation will take place at Spartanburg Community College (107 Community College Dr, Spartanburg SC) in the Tracey Gaines Auditorium.

 

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