Personal Protective Equipment, internally framed back packs and the Handy Rescue Tool. Yankee 1 is set up to be able to operate without vehicle support, much like a wilderness search and rescue team. This puts a premium on weight. If we can't carry it, we don't have it. First comes the protective equipment, helmets, eye protection, nomex suits, boots, gloves, respirators the things we need to keep our selves safe. Everything else has to find room in a pack or on a harness. Where ever possible we look for things that are A) lightweight but durable and B) able do multiple jobs. For example the Handy Rescue Tool®, it is light weight, strong, electrically insulated for safety and is an ax, hydrant spanner, hammer, nail puller, pry bar, hook puller and gas shut off tool all in one.
- How are rescue crews responding to storm rescue and recovery in Oklahoma?
- What have you found are the most useful tools in SAR?
- How does your volunteer team get its funding?
- What are the biggest challenges you face?
- How did you become a SAR Leader?
- How was your team involved in the Hurricane Sandy Rescue Efforts?