On May 8th, ALERT team members Bill “Remi” Fortin and Rich Semaski completed the 48hr NASAR (National Association for Search And Rescue) SARTECH III and SARTECH II (Search And Rescue Technician) certification program by successfully completing the written and field examinations. This was a culmination of classroom and field training instructed by NASAR president Dan Hourihan.
Mr. Hourihan is a veteran of over 1000 search and rescue operations and is chairman of the Alaska region Mountain Rescue Association. He is also a U.S. delegate to the Terrestrial Rescue Commission of the International Commission for Alpine Rescue.
The classroom portion of the training was conducted at the Hillsboro NH Police department. The class was comprised of Police, Fire, CERT (Civilian Emergency Response Team) and CAST (Canine Alert Search Teams) from around the North East region.
Classroom training covered all aspects of search and rescue including the legalities of conducting a search operation, conditioning and nutrition, basic wilderness survival skills, 24hr back pack necessities, NIMS (National Incident Management System), tracking, compass and GPS usage, proper map usage and search and rescue rope skills. The final exam was a 146 question test which included a demonstration of rope skills and knots.
The field portion of the program and testing were conducted in Greenfield NH within the Greenfield State Park, and consisted of open search, the search of a defined area, and track search, the search of an area using a compass bearing. Final examination was demonstration of knowledge of field techniques and successful solo completion of a land navigation course within a time constraint.
These certifications give ALERT another set of tools to better serve Police, Fire and NH Fish and Game when we are called upon.
ALERT (A Londonderry Emergency Response Team) is a group of highly trained community volunteers that equip themselves. We offset some costs with private donations and the generosity of the Londonderry Rotary.
ALERT is a 501 (C) (3) organization. You can help support ALERT by visiting our website at www.londonderryalert.org and clicking on our “support” icon.
Please feel free to visit us at a general meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 PM. We meet at the Londonderry Police Department Community Room or visit us on line and look around.