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* Personal Locator Beacons to Become Available in USA
* NASAR Seeks Proposals for SAR 2003 Pre/Post Conference Courses
* NASAR Call for Presenters
* SAR and ASTM
* Electronic Tracking Devices: Should They Be Used on Alzheimer's Patients?
* New Device Translates Dog Barks into Short Phrases
* Man-Tracking Websites
* Study Suggests Alzheimer's Vaccine Fix
* Emergency Response 2002 Conference
* NASAR 2003 Calendar Now Available
* Pyramid Breweries Supports NASAR
* SAR 2003 Exhibitor Prospectus Now Available!

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Personal Locator Beacons to Become Available in United States

Personal Locator Beacons will become available to the general
public starting July 1, 2003.  This will allow hikers and outdoor
adventurers to have access to the same technology used by aviators
and mariners who use the 406 frequency.  The FCC's recent ruling
on Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) can be obtained at:


NOAA article on PLBs: http://noaanews.noaa.gov/stories/s1055.htm

NASAR Seeks Proposals for SAR 2003 Pre/Post Conference Courses

If you are interested in putting on a 1-3 day pre/post conference course
in conjunction with SAR 2003, please submit your proposal no later than
November 18, 2002 to Mylea Wade, Conference Manager at
(myleaw@nasar.org).  For more information, please email myleaw@nasar.org
or call 703-222-6277.

SAR 2003 Call for Presenters

Interested in speaking at SAR 2003?  Submit your presentation proposal
today!  Click here for more information.



Standards should always be an important part of Search and Rescue.  Several
consensus standards have been developed through the ASTM.  The standards
range from technical rescue standards to communications.  Reading the
standards from the web will involve a fee.  However, everyone can browse the
site and see the range of standards that exist.  Expert witnesses will
certainly take a look at the site.


Electronic Tracking Devices: Should They Be Used on Alzheimer's Patients?

This short article addresses some of the ethical considerations of tracking
Alzheimer's patients with electronic devices.


New Device Translates Dog Barks into Short Phrase

Harvard University recently presented the 2002 IG Nobel Peace Prize to Keita
Sato, President of Takara Co., Dr. Matsumi Suzuki, President of Japan
Acoustic Lab, and Dr. Norio Kogure, Executive Director, Kogure Veterinary
Hospital, for promoting peace and harmony between the species by inventing
Bow-Lingual, a computer-based automatic dog-to-human language translation
device.  The search and rescue world will be surprised to learn that if
this tongue-in-cheek award is true, dog barks can be translated to Japanese.
A microphone on the dogs collar transmits to a handheld radio which then
translates the dog bark into the appropriate Japanese phrase on a display
screen.  Perhaps in the future if human-speech can be translated to barks
and coupled with GPS radios, we can do without dog handlers all together
(ok, they still might be needed to drive the dog to the search.) It's worth
visiting the site at least for a good laugh.

http://www.takaratoys.co.jp/bowlingual/index.html Japanese site (mostly in
Japanese with some English) that shows several pictures of the
device and its use. Click "ignore" on downloading Japanese character set.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2285509.stm BBC article (in English)
that describes the device in some detail.

Websites for Man-Trackers

Here are two websites courtesy of the man-tracking world.
http://members.aol.com/varfee/mastssite/ C.A.S.T. (Footwear & Tire Track
Impression Evidence)

http://www.identicatorinc.com/pindex.html - product = LE25 Inkless shoe
print - the chemical pad and reactive paper shown at SARTI training

Study Suggests Alzheimer's Vaccine Fix

SARNEWS.com previously reported the discontinuation of a study looking at an
Alzheimer's disease vaccine.  The vaccine had resulted in the removal of plaques in
mice brains.  Unfortunately, in phase two human studies it lead to
inflammation of the brain.  The article reports on possible changes in the
vaccine that might make it safe for humans.


Emergency Response 2002 Conference

NASAR members will receive a special discount while attending the Emergency
Response 2002 Conference held in Jacksonville, FL from December 11-13, 2002.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE 2002 focuses on keeping Emergency Response professionals
up-to-date with the latest advancements, training, methods, and equipment
for saving lives. Topics include terrorist response and preparedness,
cutting-edge technologies employed by airborne law enforcement agencies,
techniques for responding to biochemical and nuclear attacks on large
civilian populations, live helicopter demonstrations over land and in the
water including a tour of the U.S. Coast Guard Facility and a SAR
demonstration, and the annual Helicopter Heroism Award Banquet and Ceremony
recognizing and honoring a single professional or entire crew for an act of
heroism involving a helicopter. In addition, Helicopter Underwater Escape
Training and Certification presented by Learn to Return will be provided
(For more information on the training event visit
www.emergencyresponse2002.com/ltr.htm or www.survivaltraining.com/.)

To Register for EMERGENCY RESPONSE 2002 and receive your special discounted
conference registration visit:


2003 NASAR Calendar Now Available

Special discounts and freebies from NASAR bookstore in each calendar.  Click
on the link below for order information.


Pyramid Breweries Support NASAR

Pyramid Breweries has offered its generous support to NASAR's
training programs this winter season.  Pyramid will donate a portion of
the proceeds from its SnowCap Ale products to NASAR. Pyramid and NASAR
remind you to enjoy the season responsibly. Information and
merchandise is available at:


SAR 2003 Exhibitor Prospectus Now Available!

Interested in reaching the SAR community with your product or services?
Then you are invited to exhibit at SAR 2003. Call Mylea at 703-222-6277 to
have a brochure mailed to you or see the link for more information:


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