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Search and Rescue

November 2003
Brief summary by C. Pathin


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Had a great time at the SAR Course and had the opportunity to meet some interesting people. There were 81 people at the course, which is a little more than I expected. We got to work in groups of 8 and teams of 4, which spread things out a little more. We covered search, forensic, and tactical tracking.

The forensic part of the course was really interesting in a morbid sort of way. It really made you think and use all aspects of observation. We learned how to determine a burial site by the subtle changes in the surrounding growth patterns and by using probes to locate the body. We dug up a body (a road kill deer) to study the degree of decay after being buried for 4 months. It's amazing what nature tells us if we only take the time to observe the changes.

It was also incredible what could be discerned from the tracks. I basically sucked at tracking, because I haven't put in the dirt time and I didn't take Advanced Standard and Tracking. But even in that week I started seeing things in the tracks that I never noticed before. The urgency of looking for a lost person is certainly enough incentive to improve my tracking skills; should I ever have to use them. You don't want to be going "Oh shit, I wish I had put in more dirt time", when someone's life is on the line. Tactical tracking is looking for a fugitive-someone who doesn't want to be found and who would probably kill you if they knew you were following them. That was interesting too and again required excellent tracking ability.

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