Hiking Tips – Getting found when lost.

July 24, 2014 Posted by

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How to join Jackson County Rescue Squad.

June 25, 2014 Posted by

The Jackson County Rescue squad has a fairly straightforward application process outlined below:

1. Come to our meetings on any Tuesday night and  get a tour, talk to an officer, or get an idea of what we are about(saving lives). We routinely train every Tuesday night with a number of training on weekends. Our Tuesday meeting is a great time to come see what goes on prior to starting the application.

2. Complete an application along with 3 letters of reference (not immediate family), a driving history, and criminal record check. The application can be downloaded and printed from this site at:http://www.jacksonrescue.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/JCRS_ApplicationV1_1.pdf . Three letters of reference are required and should not be immediate family.  Driving history can be obtained many places including: your insurance company, DMV, online (it does not need to be certified history).  Criminal History in the county you reside.  Criminal history does not need to be certified and most Clerk of Court offices have self serve non-certified you can print off.

3.  Our department votes on business including new applications on the fourth Tuesday of every month.  Most bring completed applications in on any Tuesday and attend each Tuesday until they are voted on the fourth Tuesday of the month. This is highly recommended.

4.  If voted on as probationary member, there are two stages to this period.  For a total of 6 months you will be in either your 2 month stage (no issued equipment, can attend training, no emergency traffic, can goto calls if at station with others) or 4 month stage (some equipment may be issued, pending Captain approval ability to drive).  Training is very important during this 6 month period as well as helping with station duties.

5. Our requirements are straightforward, you must complete the Technical Rescue Training in General and at least one specialty within 3 years of joining the squad (Must receive IFSAC code from state). Classes are offered continuously by community colleges and departments and are work friendly schedules. Many are one night a week and if at our department are on Tuesday nights from 7 until 10/11.  You must get 36 hours of training per year.  Training is provided at no cost.  Ideally all members should attend as much as possible but your commitment should be to come whenever possible.  We expect our call volume to be between 350 to 400 calls per year.  We do not have any geographic requirements but its taken into consideration by the membership and its suggested that Jackson or surrounding counties.  We do allow members to join that are on another department(paid or volunteer).

If you have any interest in helping others, saving lives, and any technical operations including: Diving, Ropes, Machinery, Swift-water, Extrication, Structure Collapse, Trench Rescue, Rafting, Kayaking, Hiking, Search/Rescue, All Terrain Vehicles, Off Roading etc you will likely gain valuable experience and training.  Our members receive training recognized at the state and federal level.  We have some of the most advanced equipment in the area for Technical Rescue.  Helping someone in need or saving a life is, for most, one of the most rewarding opportunities at any department.  If you are interesting in joining or just want to see what its about please stop by any Tuesday Night at 6:30. Our station 2 is located off Hwy 116 above he Golden Age center which is directly across from NCDOT on Hwy 116.

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JCRS Snapshot – Call Type Statistics Jan-June 2014

June 17, 2014 Posted by

JCRS Search and Rescue Q&A

June 13, 2014 Posted by

In Jackson County there are a variety of outdoor activities. Do you know what to do if lost or injured? We’ve compiled a list of various questions and answers that the public has submitting over the last few years.  If you have a question please don’t hesitate to ask.

Q: Are search and rescue services available everywhere in Jackson County?
A: Yes. Our primary area served is Northern Jackson County be we both provide and request mutual aid to surrounding areas and southern Jackson.

Q: Is there a charge for your services?
A: No. Jackson County Rescue is partially funded by the county and donations from citizens as well as some of the municipalities. We do not charge for any of our services (Wilderness SAR,Confined Space, Vehicle/Machinery Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue, High Angle, Dive Rescue, etc). All JCRS members are volunteer and we operate as a 501(c)3 non-profit. All donations and other support is appreciated.

Q: If someone is overdue from a hike or backcountry trip, is there a 24 hour waiting period before they can be reported missing?
A: No.  Contact Jackson County Dispatch as soon as you know someone is overdue. They will contact law enforcement which when and if a search is warranted. We respond to searches requested by law enforcement and dispatch centers 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

Q: How do I contact your department for help?
A: Dialing 911 in any emergency will set in motion our department getting paged to respond. We provide primary rescue services and are paged on all events that involve rescue services in Northern Jackson County.  Non-Emergency calls should not use the 911 system.  Our station number is 828-586-8719 and mailing address is JCRS, PO Box 158, Sylva, NC 28779.

Q:How does a lost or injured hiker request search and rescue services? What information is needed?
A: Dial 911.  If you have no signal and it is safe to do so try to call from higher ground. Provide as much pertinent information as possible – what trailhead did you start from, what is your current location (how far or how long did you hike), do you have any injuries, are you alone, what equipment/gear do you have with you?   If you advised by dispatch or have established with dispatch/rescue of your GPS location stay in that location until help arrives unless it becomes unsafe or you are instructed to move.  Ideally, stay calm, stay put, stay dry and stay warm.

Q:What type of training and equipment does your department have/use for SAR operations?
A: JCRS members receive state level certifications in Technical Rescue.  Many have additional national certifications and training. We provide advanced wilderness rescue employing GPS navigation, radio communications, all terrain vehicles, high angle equipment, and many years of experience in our area.

 

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Special Weather Statement

June 10, 2014 Posted by

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
432 PM EDT TUE JUN 10 2014

GAZ010-017-018-026-NCZ051-052-058-059-062>064-SCZ001-004-110000-
RABUN-HABERSHAM-STEPHENS-FRANKLIN-SWAIN-HAYWOOD-GRAHAM-
NORTHERN JACKSON-MACON-SOUTHERN JACKSON-TRANSYLVANIA-
OCONEE MOUNTAINS-GREATER OCONEE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…CLAYTON…CLARKESVILLE…TOCCOA…
CHEROKEE…BRYSON CITY…WAYNESVILLE…SYLVA…FRANKLIN…BREVARD
432 PM EDT TUE JUN 10 2014

A LINE OF INTENSE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE INTO THE
SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA…AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA MOUNTAINS BY
APPROXIMATELY 6 PM. THIS LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS WILL LIKELY PRODUCE
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH…LARGE HAIL…AND PERHAPS AN
ISOLATED TORNADO. PLEASE CONTINUE TO MONITOR YOUR NOAA WEATHER
RADIO…OR LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS FOR POTENTIAL WARNINGS.

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CDG