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National Fallen Firefighters' Memorial Tribute held October 6th
Satellite Course on Bioterrorism
USGS On-line Current Streamflow Conditions
Daily FAA Aviation News
Map and Compass Training Course
Leadership Training and Incident Response Pocket Guide
Accidents in Mountain Rescue Incidents
New Lost Person Behavior Statistics from the United Kingdom
Growing Evidence Shows Common Meds May Delay or Prevent Alzheimer's
General Mobile Radio Service
Lessons from New York City
NASAR Board of Director Elections

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National Fallen Firefighters' Memorial Tribute held October 6th

The National Fallen Firefighters' Foundation, the Federal Emergency
Management Agency and the International Association of Fire Chiefs
coordinated the spectacular memorial weekend honoring the survivors of
442 firefighters who died in the line of duty during 2001.  347 of the
deaths occurred on September 11th.  The families and friends of an
additional 4 firefighters, who died in past years, were also included in
the tribute.  The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE supported
the event by serving on the Command Post staff.

http://www.firehero.org/
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Satellite Course on Bioterrorism

A six-part course titled "Advanced Topics on Medical Defense Against
Biological and Chemical Agents," sponsored by the U.S. Army Medical
Command and the Department of Veterans Affairs' Emergency Management
Strategic Healthcare Group, will be broadcast live in 2-hour bi-monthly
segments that begin on November 6, 2002, and continue through August 27,
2003.

The broadcast format includes 90 minutes of instructional material
followed by a 30-minute live question-and-answer period. This
interactive satellite course is designed to inform and educate
physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and other healthcare
professionals about appropriate medical responses in the event of an
intentional biological or chemical agent release. Military and
civilian medical and public health professionals must maintain skills
and become more proficient in recognizing that a biological or
chemical attack has occurred, activating the appropriate agencies and
personnel to investigate the event, treating the casualties, dealing
with psychological effects, and preventing the spread of the agent.


http://www.biomedtraining.org/proginfo.htm.

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USGS On-line Current Streamflow Conditions

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) unveiled its new on-line
Water Watch web site that gives visitors an instantaneous picture of
water conditions nationwide in near real time. Through the use of USGS
Water Watch maps, the nation's current stream flow conditions,
including high flood-flows and low drought-flows, are depicted on maps
with color-coded dots that represent conditions at about 3,000 stream
gages.  This information could be useful for planning swiftwater
response and for collecting key statistical data for drowning databases.

http://water.usgs.gov/waterwatch/

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Daily FAA Aviation News

The FAA has a new web site dedicated to news that affects aviation.
The articles change on a daily basis.  Topics are varied and
include accident investigations, airline policy, and even how pets may
travel on airlines.

FAA Web Site:
http://voice.faa.gov/voice.nsf/avarticle

NASAR Dogs and Airlines Link:
http://www.nasar.org/canine/2002airlines.shtml

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Map and Compass Training Course

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (the same folks who bring you
NIIMS Incident Command Courses have a course on-line developed for
training firefighters' map and compass skills.  The course is an
excellent off the shelf basic course that may assist new members to learn
map and compass skills.  Since it is a government course you can also make
as many copies as you like.  The basic text can be downloaded from:

http://www.nwcg.gov/pms/training/training.htm

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Leadership Training and Incident Response Pocket Guide

During SARSCENE, Chris Long, the Washington State SAR coordinator,
presented a talk on leadership.  One of the problems with Incident
Command System training in the past was its lack of focus on leadership.
In order to address how leaders should break down a critical decision,
the newest release of the Incident Response Pocket Guide has several
pages dedicated to decision making in a crisis.  In addition,  the book
is full of great information including tactical urban search and rescue,
search urgency, disaster guidelines, and lots of tips on personnel
safety. It really is a must download.

http://www.nwcg.gov/pms/pubs/ipgall_web.pdf

Site to download from:
http://www.nwcg.gov/pms/pubs/pubs.htm download NFES 1077

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Accidents in Mountain Rescue Incidents

Another excellent presentation, this time from the New York Comfed
Conference, was presented by Charley Shimanski, who is the MRA
Education Director. The talk covered the list of significant injuries
and deaths of SAR personnel that have occurred over the years.  In fact,
it may also represent the only partial list of searchers killed during
incidents. Charley has converted his talk into a presentation that any
SAR team could (and should) present to its members. Let's make sure we
keep our own safe.

http://www.mra.org/Accidents_2002.pdf

Site to download from: http://www.mra.org/traininfo.html

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New Lost Person Behavior Statistics from the United Kingdom

Dave Perkins and Peter Roberts presented at the SARSCENE conference new
statistical data that has been collected from the United Kingdom during
the past two years.  A preliminary report on their findings is available
on the web.

http://www.searchresearch.org.uk/research.htm

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Growing Evidence Shows Common Meds May Delay or Prevent Alzheimer's

A recent study in the journal Neurology reported on the possible
preventative use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), which
include common medications like aspirin, Ibuprofen, etc. Among patients
who took NSAID for more than 2 years, the incidence of Alzheimer's was
reduced by 45% compared to patients who did not take the medications.

http://www.alzheimersupport.com/library/bulletinarticle.cfm?ID=1772&PROD=PH48

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General Mobile Radio Service

Most searchers are now familiar with the lightweight,  relatively
inexpensive Family Radio Service (FRS), which does not require a
license. Along similar lines is the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS).
This bandwidth (UHF 462 and 467) requires a license ($85) from the FCC
and will not be as crowded.  However, use is restricted to families and
not groups.  If you are interested in more information (rather detailed)
click on the link below.

http://www.provide.net/~prsg/wi-gmrs.htm

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Lessons from New York City

The New York Fire and Police Departments contracted with McKinsey and
Company, on a pro-bono basis, to develop a report to address both the
effective and ineffective aspects of the response to the attack on the
World Trade Center. Anyone involved in SAR or command and control issues
can learn from the report as it points out areas that needed
improvement.

Both city agencies have already enacted a number of initiatives and
procedures based on report recommendations. The full reports can be
found at:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/mck_report/toc.html (FDNY)
and
http://www.mipt.org/pdf/nypdlessonslearned9-11.pdf (NYPD).

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE Board election

Ballots will be mailed October 15th for the NASAR Board of Director
elections.  Candidate statements and photos are available at:

http://www.nasar.org/general/2002election.shtml

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