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					SEARCH AND RESCUE CLUB OF VIRGINIA TECH (SAR)

3/24/09 First meeting
-Introduction

 -A Brief Look at what SAR – the process in which specially trained individuals and dogs find those who
are missing or may need to be rescued in a t man-made or natural disaster.

- Purpose of SAR Club of VT- Awareness, Specialties, and Student Liaison to the Blacksburg SAR Team

Intro of Club officers/advisor:
Katie Jones
       President
Kelsey Altholz
       Vice President
Michael Irwin
       Webmaster
Marlaina McElheny
       Treasurer
Dr. Maggie Bump
       Advisor

Introduction of the Blacksburg SAR team members- they are strictly volunteers

Topics Discussed:

History of Search and Rescue Dogs:
        WWI ,WWII, Vietnam-dogs use gas mask, parachutes, & many more devices

Types of SAR dogs:
        Live Find & Cadaver
        Tracking, Trailing, Air Scenting

Differentiations of the dogs:
        Tracking---leash, sent article (i.e. sock)
        Trailing---off leash, sent article
        Air Scenting---Urban SAR teams use (Trade Center disaster) bark alert, explosive, drugs,
         & crime scene

Environments they work in:
       Urban and Disaster
       Wilderness or Large area
       Evidence or Small area (i.e. Post Office & Airport)
       Water
Avalanche

Sent and Sense of Smell
       hunting
       narcotics
       bombs
       SAR-human scents
       SCURF=distinctive scent of humans (tiny skin particles)
       Scent cone=more concentrated around person
       Scent Pool=when air is stagnant         person

Dogs move back and forth across scent cone



SAR dog training
        12-18months/20hrs week Time to train
        Trainers - volunteers

NASAR-National Association of Search and Rescue
FEMA-Federal Emergency Management Agency –Urban SAR---Live search only

How it works:
       Game to the dogs of hide and seek
       dog alerts with a focused bark
       successful find earns the dog a reward of a toy, tug of war or food
       The Runaway- put a person into the training program
       Types of SAR work
       injuries and trauma
       wilderness-toxic animals snakes
       Urban- collapsed buildings, bad air
       Dehydration-Stress

Contribution/ Slide show
SAR = HOPE COURAGE and COMFORT

Questions asked at end of meeting:
How do you become SAR volunteer?
2 classes
2 field trainings = 2 months time (ask Katie for further details)
Next meeting – Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Brown Equine Medical Center….talk about vet aspect.
(she is getting a pup for SAR training)----late in April -subject to change

Next Yr- field trip to a search pile for training?

				
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