National Night Out 2016

Members from our SAR team attended National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. The event had free food and refreshments, and there were games, information booths, safety demonstrations and more.

National Night Out 2016

The SAR team setup a tug-o-war with a 5:1 mechanical advantage. Unsuspecting contestants were invited to the challenge, where we then matched the younger siblings against the older. The older kids dug their heels in to no avail, while the younger kids ran away with the rope. It made a great demonstration of how we might use a similar rope system in an actual rescue.

National Night Out 2016

National Night Out 2016

We also had the opportunity to talk with parents and hand out Outdoor Activity Insurance flyers, giving citizens tips for safely exploring and surviving in the backcountry.

National Night Out 2016

National Night Out 2016

Also a hit with the young crowd was our Humvee. It was on hand for the kids to sit in and get a photo.

National Night Out 2016

National Night Out 2016

As much time as we spend training and doing callouts in the backcountry, it’s nice to get to spend some time with the public and introduce ourselves! We had a great time along with everyone else.

More coverage of this event can be found on the Nevada Appeal here.

Swift Water Rescue Training

At the and of April, Carson City SAR got down to the Carson River for Swift Water Rescue training. Thanks to a good snow year, we actually had some swift water to train in, the river running at a very full 900 cubic feet per second on the day we were there. Our “Hot Zone” members, the team that is trained and certified to jump in the water, not only got some good practice, but provided the rest of the team with support training. “Warm Zone” and “Cold Zone”, the teams working the shoreline and the area away from the river, respectively, are essential for a successful team-based swift water rescue. Here’s a look at what we did.

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Readying the boat

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Suited up to jump in the water

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Hot Zone dry suit and Warm Zone personal flotation device (PFD)

A river flowing at just 6 MPH exerts 67 foot pounds of force on the legs, and 134 foot pounds on the body. At 9 MPH, these forces increase to 151 and 302 foot pounds! Because of these forces, the Hot Zone team worked on special group techniques to get the team across the river without being swept away.

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Breaking current in the front, helping to support the weight in the rear

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Taking a rope across the river

SAR members practiced tossing rope throwbags from the shore. It took some practice to land the rope in the water where a swimmer could reach it before the current took it away.

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Tossing a rope throwbag from the shore

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Catching a throwbag while floating down the river

The Hot Zone team took turns diving tethered into the river to swim out to other members floating by.

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Tethered Hot Zone member diving in to catch a swimmer

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Got him!

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Pulling them back to shore

We also trained on the knots and rope systems to support a swift water rescue.

SWRT Training on the Carson River
An anchor point on a shoreline tree

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Tensioning the main rope with a pulley system

After the rope was in place across the river at a 45 degree angle, we transported team members across the river using the current.

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Clipped onto the rope and ready to go

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Headed across the water

SWRT Training on the Carson River
Video of a water crossing

It was fantastic training, helping the team to be more prepared for the continued high flow expected on the river through Spring.

SAR Happenings

Here’s a look back on what Carson City SAR has been up to since last Summer.

National Night Out – August 2015

National Night Out 2015

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. As part of the Sheriff’s Office, SAR joined the event with an interactive Ropes Team display. Using a mechanical advantage pulley system, we setup unfair tug-o-war competitions to teach the event goers on how we can use these systems for rope rescues.

National Night Out 2015

National Night Out 2015

National Night Out 2015

National Night Out 2015

NV Energy Vehicle Donation – October 2015

Nevada Energy donated a vehicle to Carson City SAR back in October. As an all volunteer organization that relies on community support to complete our mission, donations of this magnitude are invaluable and greatly appreciated!

NV Energy Vehicle Donation

Nevada Day Parade – October 2015

In October we assisted with the Nevada Day Parade. SAR helped out with traffic control at intersections, and the the Bike Team roamed the parade route, even helping to return a lost child to his parade group.

Nevada Day Parade 2015

Winter Callouts

Winter got started in November, and it was a good one. Rapidly changing weather conditions caught many off guard, and they ended up getting stranded in the mountains surrounding Carson City. The SAR team faced many challenges, using our training to not get stuck and become victims ourselves.

Search in Brunswick Canyon

Search in Brunswick Canyon

Search in Brunswick Canyon

Search in Brunswick Canyon

Search in Brunswick Canyon

Thanksgiving Weekend Rescues

Thanksgiving Weekend Rescues

Thanksgiving Weekend Rescues

Christmas Eve 2015 Mission

Christmas Eve 2015 Mission

Evidence Search

Evidence Search

Evidence Search

Brunswick Canyon / Sunrise Pass Rescue

Brunswick Canyon / Sunrise Pass Rescue

Winter Training

In addition to the snowy callouts, we got up in the Carson Range for snowshoeing exercises.

Snowshoeing Training

Snowshoeing Training

Snowshoeing at Lake Tahoe NV State Park

Snowshoeing at Lake Tahoe NV State Park

Snowshoeing at Lake Tahoe NV State Park

Spring 2016

Wet conditions have persisted into the Spring, and there has been a wide variety of weather. Warm and sunny one day, snowy and muddy the next, creating conditions to trap people in the backcountry.

El Dorado Canyon Rescue

El Dorado Canyon Rescue

El Dorado Canyon Rescue

El Dorado Canyon Rescue

El Dorado Canyon Rescue

El Dorado Canyon Rescue

Classroom Training

When we’re not out on missions are conducting field training, SAR meets twice a month in the evening to train in the classroom.

Classroom Training

Classroom Training

In Memory of Peggy McKendrick

CCSO SAR would like to sincerely thank those who donated to the Unit in memory of Peggy McKendrick, Radio Call Sign “Sam Robert 15″. A longtime member of CCSO SAR, the Team lost Peggy after an 18 month battle with cancer. Peggy’s undeterred spirit, courage, enjoyment of the great outdoors, and desire to help others will live with us forever.

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Vehicle Recovery on Prison Hill

You can read more about Peggy here on the Nevada Appeal.

As an all volunteer group, we rely on community support and donations. Here is information on how you can donate:

Donations
Carson City Sheriff’s Search and Rescue is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Donations may be sent to our mailing address at:

P.O. Box 1236
Carson City, NV 89702

All donations are tax deductible and a letter will be sent to you with our tax information upon request.

2015 Happenings

Between several callouts, an aggressive training schedule, and public relations events, Carson City Search and Rescue has had a busy 2015 year to date. Here’s a look at some of the things we’ve been up to.

CALLOUTS

Starting in February, we began a series of rescues in Kings Canyon. The dirt road between Carson City and Spooner Summit becomes nearly impassible to most vehicles several miles in. To make matters worse, there are difficult turnaround points on the narrow mountain road. Drivers have become stranded in the snow, stuck in the sand, or have even slid completely off the road. In most cases, SAR was only able to rescue the people, having to leave the vehicles behind for professional towing services to deal with at a later date. Please be careful, know your vehicle’s limitations, and know what you’re getting into before driving this canyon!

Kings Canyon Rescue

Kings Canyon Snow Rescue

Kings Canyon Snow Rescue

Kings Canyon Snow Rescue

Kings Canyon Snow Rescue

Kings Canyon Rescue

Brunswick Canyon is another frequent search area. The team has become familiar with the area thanks to numerous callouts and training exercises in the mountains east of the city.

Brunswick Canyon Search

SWEARING IN

In January we swore in our new members after a year of being probationary members. The process has recently begun anew, with four new members joining the team in May.

Swearing In Ceremony

TRAINING

In addition to the regular callouts, Carson City SAR members have been conducting a lot of training, including full-scale search and rescue exercises, land navigation, wilderness first-aid, off-road driving, mantracking, incident management, rope rescue, swiftwater rescue, and more. Frequent training has increased our skills, improved our equipment, gave us better knowledge of the area, and has kept our minds sharp for the next callout.

We had a search for a missing person exercise in February. This full-scale exercise tested callout procedures, witness interviewing, incident planning, land navigation skills, documentation, tracking, radio communications, and more! It was one of those days when we got to put into action all the classroom training we had over the winter. And we found our missing person in good health, I might add.

Training Exercise 2/21/15

Training Exercise 2/21/15

Training Exercise 2/21/15

Training Exercise 2/21/15

Training Exercise 2/21/15

Training Exercise 2/21/15

The Rope Rescue Team has been training the rest of the team in knot tying, rescue techniques, and patient packaging.

Ropes Team

Ropes Team

Litter packaging training

Litter packaging training

The motorized team presented off-road hill climbing training for the entire team in May. In addition to learning to drive the terrain, it was a good opportunity to become familiar with the C-Hill and Voltaire Canyon area.

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Hill Climbing Training 5/9/15

Over the past few months, Carson City SAR members have been training with Lyon County’s IMSA program (Incident Management, Mantracking and Search Associates, Inc.). IMSA is a multi-phase, 80 hour training series on investigative mantracking, incident assessment and response, search theory and lost subject behavior, land navigation, incident scene and evidence, personal preparedness and safety, and more! Several hours have been spent outside in the field for some invaluable hands-on experience. In addition to the new skills, the training has helped Carson City and Lyon County SAR teams get acquainted. This will definitely help for future joint operations.

IMSA 2015

IMSA 2015

IMSA 2015

IMSA 2015

IMSA 2015

IMSA 2015

IMSA 2015

IMSA 2015

Carson City SAR still has lots of training and special events lined up for the rest of the year that we are looking forward to. Thanks for stopping by, and have a safe summer!

CCSOSAR assists with Nevada Day Parade

On November 1st, thousands of people lined main street to celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday at the Nevada Day Parade. It was a cold, damp morning, but this didn’t stop the crowds from coming out and staking their claims along the parade route.

Nevada Day Parade

In addition to appearing in the parade with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, our Search and Rescue team assisted before and during the remainder of the parade as well. SAR personnel kept critical intersections clear to allow for emergency vehicles if needed, and our Mountain Bike Team assisted by patrolling the parade route. The bicycles proved to be very handy for getting through the crowd efficiently without causing a disruption in the event. The weather improved steadily throughout the morning, and no major incidents were reported during the parade. Another safe and fun Nevada Day was had by all!

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Carson City SAR 2014

With many new members, lots of training, and several missions, 2014 has been a busy year for Carson City Search and Rescue. Here’s a look at some of the things we’ve been doing this year.

In February, we assisted with the recovery of a stolen vehicle that was stuck on Prison Hill.

Vehicle Recovery on Prison Hill

Vehicle Recovery on Prison Hill

Vehicle Recovery on Prison Hill

In March, CCSAR worked with many other entities after a plane went down in the Pine Nut Mountains.

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Also in March, we began some swiftwater rescue training.

Swift Water Rescue Training

Swift Water Rescue Training

Swiftwater training continued in April up on the Truckee River. Photos courtesy of Specialized Rescue Inc.

Swiftwater Rescue Training (photo courtesy of Specialized Rescue Inc.)

Swiftwater Rescue Training (photo courtesy of Specialized Rescue Inc.)

Swiftwater Rescue Training (photo courtesy of Specialized Rescue Inc.)

CCSAR trained with Washoe County’s RAVEN team in April. After a helicopter safety lesson, we flew to the top of McClellan Peak and simulated a hover rescue.

Helicopter Rescue Training with RAVEN

Helicopter Rescue Training with RAVEN

Helicopter Rescue Training with RAVEN

Helicopter Rescue Training with RAVEN

Helicopter Rescue Training with RAVEN

Also in April, we helped out with the Escape from Prison Hill Half Marathon. We had 3 mountain bikes and a jeep out on the course to provide assistance to runners if needed.

Escape from Prison Hill Half Marathon

Escape from Prison Hill Half Marathon

In May we joined a multi-county search for a missing California man whose car was found near Nixon, NV, east of Pyramid Lake.

Search for missing man near Nixon, NV

Search for missing man near Nixon, NV

Search for missing man near Nixon, NV

Search for missing man near Nixon, NV

Search for missing man near Nixon, NV

Search for missing man near Nixon, NV

Search for missing man near Nixon, NV

Also in May, CCSAR participated in a multi-county fire evacuation drill in Storey County.

Fire Evacuation Drill in Storey County

Fire Evacuation Drill in Storey County

Our Rope Rescue team completed an intense week-long class in May. Photos courtesy of Specialized Rescue Inc.

Rope Rescue Training (Photos courtesy of Specialized Rescue Inc.)

Rope Rescue Training (Photos courtesy of Specialized Rescue Inc.)

Rope Rescue Training (Photos courtesy of Specialized Rescue Inc.)

Rope Rescue Training (Photos courtesy of Specialized Rescue Inc.)

May proved to be a busy month. After heavy rains fell in Carson City, we rescued a stranded motorist from the deep mud in El Dorado Canyon. Care Flight assisted with locating the vehicle.

El Dorado Canyon mission

El Dorado Canyon mission

El Dorado Canyon mission

El Dorado Canyon mission

El Dorado Canyon mission

In June we rescued a motorist whose vehicle was stuck in Sand Canyon.

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Disabled Vehicle in Sand Canyon

Disabled Vehicle in Sand Canyon

Disabled Vehicle in Sand Canyon

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June’s Taste of Downtown is one of Carson City’s biggest events. CCSAR assisted with traffic control to ensure pedestrian safety.

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Afternoon thunderstorms struck in July, and CCSAR assisted with evacuations in Clear Creek canyon after fires broke out. Thanks to quick work by fire crews and light winds, no homes were lost.

Clear Creek fire evacuations

Clear Creek fire evacuations

Clear Creek fire evacuations