Team Member Training

SYCSRT volunteers conduct extensive training so they are prepared to respond effectively to many situations. Volunteers are provided all training, experience is nice, but not at all required. Training includes learning to find our way in the wilderness using maps and GPS, radio communications, how to track subjects of a search, first-aid and how to handle many situations that might be encountered during a mission. New team members also attend a 2-day basic training course. Below are some of training we have conducted.


2014


 

March 2014 – Winching

March’s training included discussion and demonstrations on methods and equipment need safe winching. Included was actual winching of a pickup truck over an incline and a quad up a loose rock hill. SYCSRT members present are Pat Brown, Linda Brown, Forest Fields, Daryl Drake, Tom Mueller, Cliff Nelson, Jim O’Neill and Gregg Drennan.


Forrest's Jeep with an assortment of winching equipment

Forrest’s Jeep with an assortment of winching equipment

Forrest and Daryl showing some of the winching equipment they carry on their vehicles

Forrest and Daryl showing some of the winching equipment they carry on their vehicles

Tom showing the tow  strap na dcome-along from his quad

Tom showing the tow strap and come-along from his quad

Using stakes for anchor point when trees or other anchor points aren't available

Using stakes for anchor point when trees or other anchor points aren’t available

Demonstrating using a tow strap and jack to winch

Demonstrating using a tow strap and jack to winch

winching Daryl's truck up an incline

Winching Daryl’s truck up an incline

Winching Gregg's quad up a loose rock trail

Winching Gregg’s quad up a loose rock trail

APRS Track of the area we traversed during traing

APRS Track of the area we traversed during training

 


January 2014 – Mineshaft Camera Operation Training

On January 18th 2014, SYCSRT conducted a training and demonstration for members of YCSO and MCSO with Unit Manager Pat Brown’s real-time wireless remote television camera and receiver.  SYCSRT members present are Pat Brown, JR Borsos, Ed Wade, Forest Fields, Tom Mueller, Janis Rupp, Linda Brown, Daryl Drake, Gregg Drennan and Cliff Nelson.

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SYCSRT members prepare to demonstrate a wireless mine camera in a shaft near Wickenburg

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Using a boom mounted pulley allows precise positioning while eliminating the need to approach the open shaft

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Assembling the wireless TV receiver antenna before use

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The wireless TV transmitter and it’s battery fit inside a lantern case, with the camera mounted outside

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Quad-mounted boom approaches mine shaft suppending the camera

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The camera is positioned directly over the shaft

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YCSO Forest Patrol Sgt. Scott Joy and MCSO High Desert SAR’s Jim Mason observe the video output along with SYCSRT members

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Another view of Scott, Jim and SYCSRT members viewing the real-time video feed

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A real-time screen capture from the camera of the shaft floor while the camera was descending into the shaft

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Infrared capabilities allow detailed inspection of a mine shaft’s floor

 


2013


 

November 2013

Area familiarization between Lake Pleasant and Fort Tule

 


October 2013

South of the Buckhorn Rd. and east of Constellation Rd; GPS and area formulization training

 


June 2013

Training in the area 17 miles in on the Wagner road

 

 


2012


 

September 2012

On September 3rd the team met at approximately 8:10 a.m. to conduct training using a video camera to survey a mine shaft located at the Gold Bar Mine off of Constellation Rd.

Team members attending were Pat & Linda Brown, Janis Rupp, Charlie New, Charlie and Magie Yoways, JR Borsos, Larry, Al, Bob and his wife.The morning began with unloading the pulley system from Pat’s truck and setting it up while Pat set up the computer in the truck so Linda and Janis could capture pictures of the live video the camera would transmit. One thing we learned was it needed to be darker inside the truck to better view the video.About 8:45 a.m. the team started lowering the camera down the shaft facing straight down.Approximately 100 feet down we lost most of the surface light and had to switch to infrared mode.Once the camera reached the bottom of the shaft large rocks and pieces of wood were visible.The camera was brought to the surface and re-suspended sideways. This way pictures could be taken of the side of the shaft.The team hoped that the camera would spin as it was lowered to allow seeing a 360 degree view and was pleased to see it did.As the camera was lowered again, Linda and Janis captured pictures to be reviewed later including pictures of the pipe that runs down the shaft wall to give an approximate idea of where the pictures were taken.


Capturing pictures from the live video


The Gold Bar Mine headframe


Top of the shaft


The camera system housed in a flashlight case


Getting the boom and winch set up


Set up and ready to start


The camera suspended over the shaft. Note the TV antenna at the end of the boom for receiving the signal from the camera


The final checks are made


Manning the winch


Camera going down the shaft


Al monitoring the decent


Running the winch


Barrel and other debris in the side shaft


Barrel and other debris in the side shaft


Pulley from an earlier headframe

The team members would get into the truck to see the camera in action. It was very interesting. At one point we noticed a group of rocks that resembled a skull located just left of the pipes.The bottom of the shaft was again reached at approximately 250 feet where we could see a partially caved- in tunnel.  Visible in the tunnel was a large barrel on its side, rocks, boulders, and a lot of wood.The bolder by the camera was where the camera rested when it was lowered the first time.The team brought the camera back up stopping every so often to take more pictures of the wall.About 9:50 a.m. we started breaking down and repacking the equipment in Pat’s truck after which some of the group went to see the glory hole.At 10:20 a.m. we left to go back to Wickenburg arriving at 11:30 a.m.This was a great test run and learning experience.


July 2012

Pictures of the Southern Yavapai County Search Unit working with their fellow units on a mock search that was based on a missing person from the year previous July.


APRS Display


Base Camp


Out Searching

 


May 2012

May 12th found the SYCSRT out around Lake Pleasant.  The team explored the trails around this area that might be accessible during a search, as the Lake Pleasant area is active with recreational visitors.


This trail ends at the lake, as it is currently high


Wild burros check us out


We set up in a shady area for a stop

 


April 2012

 


Tracks from April training


SSTV still shot

 


March 2012

The March training brought the team up the infamous 7-11 road toward Crown King. Members got a chance to see what it would be like to get a call into this rough, but high traffic area.


February 2012

The purpose of February’s training was to not only practice on radios & GPS devices, but to test usage and transmission of our APRS devices. We learned a lot about the operation and effectiveness of the APRS system. Everyone got a chance to hone their skills at radio communications and using their GPS devices.


Forrest takes a look at the APRS tracking on a laptop


JR leads the debrief after Saturday’s training


Example of the tracks captured via the APRS during training

 


January 2012

January’s training consisted of two sections.

  1. Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Tieman led a discussion on situational awareness and how to approach people during a search. Of the many points that were given to us by Deputy Tieman, the two that were most emphasized were 1) to clearly identify yourself in a non-threatening way, and 2) be the best observer that you can be.
  2. The second part of the training was a review and discussion of appropriate equipment and supplies to have in your backpack(s). JR provided a list of items that we should be carrying.  Team members unloaded their packs while we reviewed the list to ensure we are always “mission ready.”

 


Deputy Tieman provides insight into approaching people in the field


Some of the items carried in a backpack