February Issue 2009
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SNOW SAR DAY
C/2d Lt Jonathan Shea
Published by Lewis Co. Sq., CAPPO Box 56Chehalis, WA 98532Editor: 1st Lt Ruth A. Peterson
On February 7th, sixteen members of the Lewis County Composite Squadronascended into mountains of east Lewis County to the Or Creek Snow Park, to partici- pate in winter SAR training with the Lewis county SAR council.The first class on the agenda was the fire building course, taught by Tadd Pilz of theMossyrock SAR team. Trainees were shown how to use a metal match (a magnesiumstick that is shaved into fine bits, and then ignited). Cadets were also introduced to themarvelous cotton ball/petroleum jelly fire starter, lint, fire sticks, and many more.Lastly, they learned about fire trenches, and other ways to increase oxygen flow under and around a fire.After a successful fire had been lit, Gabe Frase, a deputy for the county, and a SAR coordinator in training, walked us through how to assemble a winter pack. He talkedabout having multiple layers of clothing on your person, to protect and insulate fromthe elements. Space Blankets, area maps, water, a few days worth of food, and firestarter were just a few of the essential items that were recommended for a winter pack.One of the most informative sessions during the day wasavalanche awareness training taught by Terry Williams,President of the Lewis County SAR council. SAR per-sonnel learned about how avalanches are started, snowconditions that lead to avalanches, and what to do if you areever caught in one. After we had learned this information, wewere taught how locate a person caught in an avalanche, usinglong poles that are used to probe the snow for the person under-neath. Cadets also got an introduction to personal location de-vices (comparable to a PELT) that send an audible signal to another device, creating another method of finding the buried person.
Here are a few Avalanche tips:
If your partner gets buried, you don't have time to gofor help! You must save your partner...if you go for helpit will be too late!
Yell to alert your partners and other people that may bein the area. Watch the victim! Memorize the last seen point.
Make sure it is safe to search. Don't become a victimyourself.
Designate a leader and quickly develop a search plan.
Look for surface clues like gloves, boots, and other equipment.
Conduct a beacon search. Get close and
probe BE-FORE you dig