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 Here is Your www.dbs-SAR.com Newsletter May 14, 2002 E-mail Bulletin
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*Workshop on Alzheimer's disease search management at NASAR conference
*National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) appoints new Executive Manager
*New findings about brain's "compass" offer clues about Alzheimer's
*Scientists pinpoint trigger for Alzheimer's
*Test predicts Alzheimer's in mice
*Searching for missing skydivers
*Protecting emergency responders
*FEMA seeks input on first responder grants program
*Gene linked to accelerated brain aging in healthy adults
*Story of water search dog alert and subject wife's letter
*Water rescue by the untrained but lucky
*Avalanche rescue dogs
*Magnetic north on the move
*Health fund contributions needed for canine heroes of September 11
*Shunts help improve Alzheimer's disease
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Workshop on Alzheimer's disease Search Management at NASAR Conference

Space is still available for a workshop on searching for subjects with Alzheimer's disease on May 28-29, 2002 as part of the NASAR SAR 2002 pre-conference events. The course provides an in-depth presentation of the nature of Alzheimer's disease, the scope of the wandering problem, search management incident crucials, characteristics of lost Alzheimer's subjects, initial report collection and action, initial search strategy, reflex tasking of SAR resources, urban search considerations, and several case studies. If you are interested in looking at the current tentative schedule please visit:

National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) appoints new Executive Manager

The National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) is pleased to announce the addition of Jacki Golike to its headquarters staff.  Golike will take over as Executive Manager and Chief Operating Officer on May 16, 2002.

Golike, a twenty-seven year resident of Cheyenne, is currently the Disaster Recovery Manager for the Wyoming Emergency Management Agency. 


New findings about brain's "compass" offer clues about Alzheimer's

Excellent basic research gives new insight into why Alzheimer's patients get lost so easily.  The article will also help the reader understand how the brain conducts dead reckoning calculations to figure out where you are and where you want to go.


Scientists pinpoint trigger for Alzheimer's

Scientists report new insights into the mechanism possibly causing both Alzheimer's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The paper looks at the proteins that make up plaques and hypothesize the damage may come more from when the protein is soluble than the plaque itself. The new research appears to dismiss attempts to treat the diseases by attacking the deposits and instead indicates that scientists must try to prevent the proteins from misfolding in the first place.

Test predicts Alzheimer's in mice

In a related discovery, scientist have found that the amount of soluble plaque forming protein in mice is a good predictor of Alzheimer's in mice.


Searching for missing skydivers

Here are two search and rescue incidents you will not find in the textbooks. In 2 different cases a skydiver jumps out of a plane and the chute never opens. The search area is determined more by simple physics than behavior.  The first body was found 0.5 miles from the drop zone and the second body 0.25 miles.  Unfortunately, more cases are needed before truly worthwhile statistics can be developed.


RAND report cites enormous challenges and recommendations for improvement

The attacks of September 11th redefined the scale of emergency for which America must be prepared, but emergency responders lack the equipment, training, and information to adequately protect themselves as they meet the challenge of protecting their communities, according to a new report issued by RAND.

Protecting Emergency Responders: Lessons Learned from Terrorist Attacks, sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), summarizes the results of a conference held in New York City on Dec. 9-11, 2001, and organized by the RAND Science and Technology Policy Institute. Participants were emergency workers from around the country who responded to the bombing of the Alfred E. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the anthrax incidents that occurred during Autumn 2001.

The highest priority for the firefighters and police first on the scene was saving lives, but they didn't have equipment adequate to protect themselves. As one law enforcement officer noted, "...people are going to do what their instincts tell them, and that's to save lives. They'll think about the consequences secondary."


FEMA seeks input on First Responder Grants Program

On April 23, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Joe M. Allbaugh, announced that as part of a preliminary process, FEMA is seeking ideas on the design of a first responder grants program and process for providing $3.5 billion to state and local responders to help them prepare for terrorist attacks.  This may be the only time that search and rescue groups have the opportunity to be included in these programs.

The funding, requested in President Bush's FY 2003 budget, would include grants for planning, training, exercises, and equipment for responding to acts of terrorism. Although Congress has not acted on the president's budget proposal, FEMA wants to be ready if the funding is approved.

The agency requested written comments in a notice published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, April 16. The Federal Register notice follows a listening session involving federal agencies and representatives of first responder and emergency management organizations from around the country that took place April 10-11 in Washington, D.C. The session was the first in a series to be organized by FEMA's new Office of National Preparedness (ONP), which has been asked to implement the first responder initiative.

ONP specifically is looking for ideas and recommendations on ways that state and local governments can collaborate in a planning process that builds on existing emergency response plans and strengthens first responders' ability to respond to acts of terrorism. FEMA envisions a planning process that sees local response plans and first responder capability building as part of a broader state strategic plan. In addition, ONP is seeking suggestions regarding eligibility criteria and factors that should be considered when determining how much grant recipients should receive.

Written comments must be received by May 16, 2002, and may be sent to the Rules Docket Clerk, Office of the General Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street S.W., Washington, D.C., 20472; fax: (202) 646-4536; e-mail: rules@fema.gov.

Gene linked to accelerated brain aging in healthy adults

By studying a chemical marker in the brain that reflects the health of brain tissue, researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found new clues about why some people experience more rapid age-related brain changes than others.


Story of water search dog alert and subject's wife's letter

Letter republished with writer's permission:

41 months ago a young man went fishing in Beardsley Reservoir.  He had some boat trouble and eye witnesses saw him standing in his boat while it was going full throttle in a circle.  When they looked back, the young man was gone.  This young man's name was Scott Glover and he left behind a young wife with 3 children, the youngest of which was a newborn.

9 months later, the widow contacted California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) through our website. She was not receiving the help she needed through the local Sheriff's Dept. I received a phone call from Ken Jourdan (then assist Chief of LE OES) asking if I thought dogs could pinpoint a body in about 200 ft of water and had been down for 9 months.  I told Ken that I wasn't sure as I have never worked such a scenario, but that I would like to give it a try.  The page went out and Bill and Mary Wong, and myself responded.

All 3 of our dogs alerted in the same area. Of course none of us knew what the other had done till we were finished and debriefed. There were no divers available that day and we left after briefing LE on our possible find.

A number of months went by and the young widow was getting frustrated as her husband's body had still not been recovered. She once again contacted CARDA through our dispatcher and wanted to get a hold of me. Larry called and gave me the contact number.  I phoned the widow (Michele) and she asked if I knew of any divers that might be willing to dive the site. This area is at 3000 ft elevation and the depth the dogs hit in was 160 ft. We needed some deep water altitude divers. I put her in touch with a friend from DART (Diving Accident Recovery Team). I had worked with this team on numerous occasions in the past.

Wayne and I went back to the site as a personal favor to Michele.  Once again, the dog was hitting in the same area. The divers were unable to locate the body. By this time the subject had been down about 12 months.

We went back 3 more times, once was when the water level was down and we did some shoreline work.  Maggie alerted in the same area where we had "hits" on the water.  The last time we went was about 12 months ago when the body had been down for 2.5 years.  The dog continued to alert in the same area.

A couple of months ago I posted a note on the SAR-L list and I always end my posts with my name and location (No CA).  Gene Ralston from Idaho wrote to me to talk of his device called an underwater side scan sonar.  I mentioned that I wished that we had had such a device a while back for a search we were on. Came to find out that Gene had been to the area to give a training to the county where Scott had drowned.

I asked Gene if he would mind if I put him in touch with Michele as she might be interested in his services. Gene and Michele corresponded and it was agreed that Gene would come from Idaho with his device to try to locate her husband.

Mary, Bill, Wayne and I were invited to this last effort to retrieve Scott's body.  Due to delays, we were not able to attend as it was scheduled to conflict with Morticia's Cadaver workshop being held in the Chico area (thanks Scot and Lisa).

I received a phone call Friday night with the news of the recovery. Scott's body was recovered in the area of the dogs alerts.  Michele can now bury her husband and close the door on this part of her life.  She is now engaged to one of the DART divers and is trying to rebuild her life.

Below is a note Michele sent to some of the persons involved:

It has been a long 41 months of searches, but today,
Scott was brought out of that cold lake.  He can now
be brought to Tracy for proper burial.
I couldn't have done it without the help of so many
special, wonderful people who have helped and worked
many long, hard hours searching for Scott over the
past 41 months. Thank you, Laura and Wayne, Ani and
Wings, KC and Kenny, Mary and Bill, Tuolumne County
Volunteers, Tri Damn, Gene and Sandy and of course
Gary and DART. God has blessed me with so many
wonderful, dedicated, special people who worked so
hard and helped so much, and enabled today to happen.
It was a miracle that this last piece of the puzzle
was put in place. (Thank you Laura!)
Sorry this email is sent to everyone at once, but I am
exhausted and need to go to bed, but wanted to let
everyone know.  I will email more as I can.
At this time I have not decided about services.  I may
do nothing or may just have something small at the
graveside.  My decision will be based solely on what
is best and recommended by my counselor for the kids.
I better get to bed now and thank God for today and
pray for the knowledge and strength to get the kids
through these next stages of emotion/grief as best as
I can. They are strong little angels! Their daddy
would be proud!
Thank you,

Water rescue by the untrained but lucky

The article and video clip describes a water rescue by a local fire department.  Lacking boats or paddles they made due.  The video shows them paddling with a snow shovel and a teeter-totter board.  The article mention they used leaky boats.  Everyone was rescued successfully, but the recipe for disaster should be apparent to all.


Avalanche rescue dogs

It is springtime in the northern hemisphere. That means warmer temperatures in the lowlands and melting, shifting snow in the mountains. This is the time when avalanches become the greatest hazard facing mountain travelers. About half of all avalanche victims buried in the snow die if they are not rescued in 30 minutes. Their survival is dependent on a fast, organized rescue.

The North Magnetic Pole could soon abandon Canada, migrate north of Alaska
and eventually wind up in Russia, according to a Canadian scientist.

The magnetic pole, which has steadily drifted for decades, has picked up its pace in recent years and could exit Canadian territory as soon as 2004, said Larry Newitt of the Geological Survey of Canada.

Link showing location from 1600-2000 http://geo.phys.uit.no/articl/roadto.html#map

Health fund contributions needed for canine heroes of September 11

The AKC Canine Health Foundation Search and Rescue Dog Health Fund, established after the September 11 disaster, is seeking contributions for follow-up medical surveillance of the more than 300 search and rescue dogs deployed at Ground Zero and the Pentagon.

According to AKC Canine Health Foundation President Howard Falberg, scientists and veterinarians are concerned that these highly trained dogs may experience toxic injury, serious lung problems or cancer due to their exposure to the countless environmental toxins unleashed in the tragedy.
Contributions are needed to monitor the health of these dogs and to develop methods of protecting them better in the future.

Shunts help improve Alzheimer's disease

The article discusses a new experimental approach to help minimize the effects of Alzheimer's.  A rather radical surgical procedure allows the cerebral spinal fluid to drain from the brain.


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