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TRAINING: We expect trainees to make every training. The team trainers are committing a lot of time and energy to this training process as well. We are giving you nearly 50 hours of high-quality search and rescue training. Our goal is to have everyone trained and call-out qualified by early August. If you miss a training, it will be very difficult to find time to schedule in make-up trainings, and you may want to consider re-applying in the winter.
If you cannot make these trainings with advance notice, you should consider your ability to regularly respond to call-outs without any advance notice. We are only interested in accepting trainees who are committed to becoming an active member of the team that can regularly respond to callouts. When's a typical callout? It varies... we have been called out literally every day of the week, every hour of the day and night, to every corner of NH & VT. But there's one thing that's consistent: Callouts are NEVER convenient. We will have calm periods when you're free, and 3 callouts in a week when you're busy.
Joining UVWRT should be seen as a major commitment. You will need to discuss this commitment with your family, friends and employer (or advisers/professors). Responding to callouts will involve making difficult choices in terms of personal priorities. I assure you that we have had many enthusiastic trainees join that realize that they do not have the flexibility to remain an active contributor to the team.
However, we do understand that you may have a conflict that just cannot be rescheduled. Please let us know below if you have any issues. We will try to accommodate your schedule, but we cannot promise so.
Joining UVWRT: Annual team dues are $25. The NASAR Tech III training book is $38. A check for $63 will be due upon acceptance in the training program to cover these two costs.
Other costs: UVWRT provides no reimbursement of any kind for clothing, gear, electronics or mileage. We drive a lot and fuel adds up. If you work, you may end up taking vacation days, and that adds up. Purchasing a GPS (~$300) is expensive, and that adds up. We have some team gear that you can borrow for trainings, but be prepared for some significant purchases and accumulating costs.
What do we normally get called for:
Most SAR teams in NH & VT are located nearby popular hiking areas like the Green Mountains in VT (Stowe Mountain Rescue, and Colchester Technical Rescue), or in NH, White Mountains (Androscoggin Valley SAR, Mountain Rescue Service) and Franconia (Pemi Valley SAR). These Search and Rescue events typically consist of injured/overdue hikers/climbers.
UVWRT responds to these "fixed-point rescues" locally in the upper valley (~45 min radius), but also down to Mt. Monadnock in southwestern NH. We sometimes will go up to the Whites or Greens for extended carryouts, or when additional resources are needed.
However, the vast majority of UVWRT callouts are to assist New England K9 SAR with searches for missing people. New England K9 is a volunteer group that has air-scent search dogs. They are the only such team with their resources in NH & VT. Because of this, NEK9 along with UVWRT, will get called out to anywhere in all of NH or VT. Our searches are generally for subjects with some sort of mental deficiency: young children/toddlers, autistic children and adults, alzheimer/dementia patients and depressed/suicidal patients. We still also have searches for missing hikers and hunters.
On a search, a dog handler with their search dog will be tasked out to a given area. UVWRT members will partner with a dog handler to assist with navigation, patient treatment (if the subject is found) and to act as a second set of eyes. UVWRT will also be tasked to search areas as a grid-search team.
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Gear & Equipment review: please bring any gear or clothing you have that's on the gear list (www.uvwrt.org >> Join Tab >> Required Gear). Please do NOT purchase any new gear before the 1st training meeting to fulfill the gear list. You will be able to see a few member's search packs, and ask questions regarding what your gear priorities should be. (No need to pack all your gear away nicely in a pack, just bring it loose in a duffel bag)
We look forward to seeing you at the 1st training evening(separate schedule to be distributed once all trainees have completed the poll).
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We look forward to meeting you soon!
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