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Featured Site: Search and Rescue Knowledge Exchange

I recently started participating on a site developed by Ian "Splash" Turner, a member of S.A.R.A.I.D. (Search And Rescue Assistance In Disasters), a British organization "dedicated to trying to save the lives of innocent victims of disaster, as well as relieving human suffering around the world regardless of color, creed, religion and political persuasion." (Members of S.A.R.A.I.D. have been deployed to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake. You can read their updates on their blog, S.A.R.A.I.D. News, and via their posts on Twitter.)

Ian's website, Search and Rescue Knowledge Exchange, is a place for anyone, whether involved with SAR or not, to ask SAR-related questions and, if able, to provide answers to those questions. As the FAQ says, "No question is too trivial or too 'newbie.'" Questions may also pertain to gear and book reviews and backcountry skills.

Some of the recent questions and topics have included:
  • How do you get involved with Search and Rescue?
  • How to deal with the problems of timing and team member attendance at a debrief following a mission
  • Filtering water in the outdoors
  • What is the best way to manage team training records?
  • The best way to sleep rough
  • What is the right amount of medical training for a SAR participant?
Visit Search & Rescue Knowledge Exchange to browse questions and answers and jump in if you'd like. You can even ask and answer your own question, and multiple answers are permitted and encouraged for each question. Answers may include links to outside sources and/or to other Q&A threads on the site.

You don't have to register to participate—to ask and answer—but there are additional features available to those who do register with an OpenID account.


And here are some recent SAR articles...

Wayward Berthoud Pass beacon a problem for search and rescue teams: "A wilderness rescue device designed as a "just in case" safety lifeline has developed into a recurrent nuisance. ... A string of eight false alarms in the past month has renewed debate over the controversial personal locator beacons (PLBs) and leaves local rescue experts frustrated over a lack of backcountry education in the technological era."

UK Search and Rescue Teams Saving Lives in Haiti
: "Search and Rescue teams from the UK are among the first to travel to the devastated town of Leogane to continue their search for survivors of the Haiti earthquake."

FDNY-NYPD team in amazing three-hour rescue of man trapped under layers of concrete: "It took three hours to cut through the rebar and cement blocks and dig a narrow crawlspace into the pile of rubble where the apartment building once stood."

No Way Up Or Down: "Documents describing last summer's massive search [in Grand Canyon] for Bryce Gillies show he was on the brink of Thunder River that may have been just out of sight when he returned to the next drainage, where he went down a series of steep pour-offs."

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