2002-03-09 / Community

Search and Rescue Prepares For Summer

Search and Rescue Prepares For Summer

Rockaway Search and Rescue (RSAR) will be conducting training at Fellowship Hall on the second floor of Battalion Pentecostal Church at 454 Beach 67th Street in Arverne. It will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2nd. Those wishing to join can attend, fill out applications and start their training that day. Training will continue on each Saturday during the month at the same time. On April 6th there will be swim training and testing, location to be announced in class.

Training will include first aid and CPR certification, basic seamanship, knots, rescue operations and techniques, small boat handling and engine operations, navigation, safety issues, maritime law, report writing and how to conduct operations with other agencies.

On April 13th, our twenty-six foot marine rescue boat, the "Endurance", will be launched and will go "in harms way so others may live."

Rockaway Search and Rescue is looking for members for all rescue units. Our Urban SAR Team, was formed from members of our Marine Rescue Team who were trained and qualified in confined space and urban rescue operations. That team was small, but it was available to assist at "ground zero." We intend to increase our team size to twenty-four members. Anyone with Confined Space and/or urban SAR Training is welcome to join.

The Search Dog Team has gotten off to a slow start, as the purchases of these highly trained and skilled dogs is well over $25,000 per dog. We want to establish three teams of 2-dogs/4 rescuers in the near future.

These rescue teams serve the Rockaway community as a whole. However, we want to have teams capable of rendering aid anywhere they are needed in the world and still have personnel available to watch over the Rockaway peninsula. This is our home. Anyone wishing additional information can call 347-219-4808.


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