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* Heidi Yamaguchi Memorial Service Scheduled
* NASAR Requests Information on Departed SAR Members
* Ambulance Crash-Related Injuries
* Request for Applications/Disaster Mental Health
* Comments Wanted on Incident Management Plan
* Ultrawideband: Possible SAR Applications
* NASAR Customer Satisfaction Survey
* Does CISM/CISD Work?
* Communicating in a Crisis
* More Mental Health Publications
* Climber Amputates His Arm, Hikes to safety
* Oregon SAR Report

 Online version at www.SARNEWS.com 5/3/03
Heidi Yamaguchi Memorial Service Scheduled

The Fairfax County Urban Search & Rescue Team and Virginia SAR Community
sadly announce the death of Canine Specialist Hideko (Heidi) Yamaguchi
on 9 April 2003. Heidi was an original member of the Canine Section and
touched so many people in the canine search community - whether through
her personal instruction, evaluation, deployments, training or just
working dogs.

Heidi's passion for making certain that a search was conducted effectively
and efficiently will continue to serve as a model for our team. Details
of the memorial service are on-line.


NASAR Requests Information on SAR Members Who Have Died

NASAR would like to honor and pay tribute to all those SAR members who died
between May 2002 and the upcoming NASAR Response 2003 Conference in Reno in
May. Team members may assist by forwarding the following information:

Name, Unit Affiliation, City, State and Date of Death.

Info should be emailed to media@nasar.org

Ambulance Crash-Related Injuries Among Emergency Medical Services Workers

Ambulance crashes are one of many hazards Emergency Medical Services
(EMS) personnel face.  To characterize risk factors for EMS workers
involved in ambulance crashes, CDC's National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health (NIOSH) and NHTSA investigated three case reports of
ambulance crashes. This report summarizes these investigations, presents
surveillance data, and discusses recommendations for prevention measures.
NIOSH is identifying and testing alternative measures to reduce injury
risk for EMS workers.


Request for Applications/Disaster Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM), the National Institute
of Nursing Research (NINR), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA) are looking to facilitate
collaborative partnerships among scientists from various disciplines
and mental health authorities to encourage interdisciplinary research
and disaster mental health research education, along with establishing
the capacity for rapid data collection after disasters, including acts
of terrorism.

Grants may be awarded for two to five years, consistent with the
objectives of the project. It is anticipated that the award date will
be March 2004. The deadline for submitting a letter of intent, prior
to a complete application, is May 16, 2003; the application deadline
is June 13, 2003.

Extensive information on eligibility, special requirements, and
application guidelines is available from:


Incident Management Comments Wanted

The National Fire Service Incident Management System Consortium
document, "Model Procedures Guide For Highway Incidents," is in the
final draft stage and may be downloaded for public review and
comments. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to Ken Brooke at

The comment deadline was April 15, 2003. Additional comments may also
be submitted on-line at

Ultrawideband: Possible SAR Applications

Want to build a cheap network in the middle of the woods?  It might be
possible soon.  This article from Wired magazine looks at new possible
technologies for team communication.


NASAR Customer Satisfaction Survey

NASAR is collecting information in order to better serve its members and
customers. Information is sought from both members and non-members. Please
take a moment to complete this quick survey. The survey is done online and
only takes few minutes.


Does CISM/CISD Work?

Recent Mega-studies are starting to suggest that CISM or CISM  may not be
as effective or may even be counter-effective in preventing Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) in EMS workers.  Worth reading and thinking about.


Communicating in a Crisis:
Risk Communication Guidelines for Public Officials, 2002

Communicating effectively during a crisis takes planning, preparation, an
understanding of communications protocols, messaging and the media, and
the ability to manage the flow of information. Each is a challenge that
can be met effectively, to the benefit of those receiving messages in
times of crisis.

Communicating in a Crisis: Risk Communications Guidelines for Public
Officials is a brief, readable primer that can help you do just that.
It describes basic skills and techniques for clear, effective crisis
communications and information dissemination, and provides some of the
tools of the trade for media relations. It can help you prepare for
meeting the important responsibility of communicating with the public
both directly and successfully during a crisis.


More Mental Health Publications

Dozens of free USA Federal Government Publications are available.  You
can either download the PDF files or place an order on-line for
the actual books.  There are plenty of topics of interest to SAR members.


Climber Amputates His Arm, Hikes to Safety

The article describes a climber pinned by 200-pound boulder for four
days who is forced to amputate his own arm.


Oregon SAR Report

Georges Kleinbaum has published the Oregon Annual SAR Report for 2002.
The comprehensive report is available on-line as a PDF file.  Lots of
great statistics and information.  It clearly shows the major role SAR
plays when every single county reports data for an entire state.  The
report is over 100 pages long and is full of graphics.  However, it may
not be much fun to download over a slow modem.


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