Friday, June 1, 2012

Western Mass SAR Training June 23

Here's an upcoming event in Western Mass of potential interest to those involved in SAR issues:

On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 4:40 PM:
Hello all-

Just a reminder that NEWSAR is sponsoring a free 4 hour training with Dr. David Lovelock (the principal author of the CASIE SAR Management software) on Saturday June 23rd from 1pm-5pm at the Jiminy Peak Ski Resort in Hancock, MA. All are welcome! The topic will be on how the very busy Arizona SAR teams have structured initial response to missing person incidents, other SAR management topics and interesting stories from the field. You can also get answers to all of your CASIE questions. While David and his wife Fiona have traveled from Tucson to vacation in the Berkshires, David graciously agreed to conduct an afternoon of SAR training. David is the recipient of the Pima County Sheriff's Citizens Award and NASAR's prestigious Hal Foss Award for over 25 years of contributions to the SAR community. The award citation is reproduced below.

For those wishing to stay over at Jiminy Peak that Saturday night, NEWSAR has contracted for a block of rooms at the discounted rate of $109+tx per night. The rooms are typically 1-bdrm suites with a kitchenette, king bed and queen pull-out couch, so you can bring the whole family! To reserve a room, call the Jiminy Peak front desk at 413.738.5580 x3620 and mention "NEWSAR Search And Rescue Training" to get the discounted rate. If you rent the room and don't go to the training, no one will tell! More info and directions at:
Jiminy Peak summer resort activities include the Mountain Adventure Park, with an alpine super slide, mountain coaster, hiking, and mountain biking. Hope to see you there at the training or off in the distance on the alpine slide.

Any questions, just dash off an email to me.

Dan O'Connor

P.S., mark your calendars for NEWSAR's 2012 annual training which will take place 21-23 September based out of the Vermont Police Academy, Pittsford, VT. More info coming soon.

David Lovelock is the recipient of the National Association For Search And Rescue (NASAR) Hal Foss Award, 2008. This award recognizes significant contributions to search and rescue at the national level. It is granted solely on merit and is the most prestigious award presented by NASAR. It was last presented in 2004.


For over a quarter of a century, Dr. David Lovelock has been a volunteer teacher and consultant to the SAR community. David was the first person to program a personal computer to accelerate the processing of the initial consensus and Probability Of Area updates using Bayes Theorem. David's efforts have resulted in dramatically increased effectiveness in the management of complex SAR missions, and continue with his latest release of the free Windows based WCASIE software, a comprehensive SAR management toolbox.

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