Posts Tagged rescue

Our 50th Anniversary – Open House – June 21st

Posted by on Wednesday, 30 April, 2014

JCRS50yearsFLyerLink to High Quality Version of this Flyer – Please print and share . JCRS50yearsHQ


AW – West Fork Tuck Release

Posted by on Monday, 22 April, 2013

Big Weekend Ahead – Polar Plunge – Assault on Blackrock – SMORVC Cleanup

Posted by on Friday, 15 March, 2013

On Saturday, March 16th 2013 there are a number of outdoor activities in Jackson County that JCRS will be providing support for.  Our volunteers will be providing stand-by for Assault on Blackrock and Special Olympics Polar Plunge. We will also providing manpower to assist cleaning trails with Smokey Mountain Off-Road Vehicle Club.  Our UTV/Ropes and Medical Responders will be on-site during the Assault on Blackrock.  We will have a Swift-water Rescue Team and Dive members at the Special Olympics Polar Plunge in Dillsboro.  Several of our members will be assisting the local off road club with trail clearing and safety.

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UTV / Ropes Training @ Station 2

Posted by on Tuesday, 12 March, 2013

Each Tuesday JCRS members (all volunteers) meet at Station 2 for training. This training session involved GPS mapping, UTV Rescue Operations, Chainsaws, Rope Rescue, Patient Packaging, and over all call response. Our members were given a GPS coordinates (What we normally receive on a dispatched call from a cell phone caller). They used the position to come up with a plan to access the mock patient. During the exercise members were tasked with setting up Incident Command, UTV Operations Team and a Rope Rescue Team. UTV’s and chainsaws were used to gain access to the mock patient. A ropes team was sent down approximately 80 ft while UTV teams were tasked with rotating the UTV convoy around for egress. The ropes team rappelled down the 80 ft embankment. The UTV team setup a 5:1 mechanical advantage to demonstrate 1-2 rescuer recovery of the lower team.

UTV Tight Turnaround

UTV Tight Turnaround

5:1 Rope Haul System

5:1 Rope Haul System

New Search and Rescue Season

Posted by on Tuesday, 12 February, 2013

At JCRS, our volunteers have been very busy preparing from this year’s Search and Rescue season.  Below is a update of what we have done to improve our Search and Rescue capabilities as well as tips and pointers for this years outdoor season.

We have replaced our older UTV’s with newer units.  These units are tread lightly units with turf modes to allow us to access areas our previous 6x6s were not preferred  One unit is equipped with a medical bed to allow wilderness transport of patients and the other unit is equipped with high angle rope rescue equipment.  Both units are equipped with high power communications  saws, fuel and extra storage space.  We have put a high angle rescue unit in service with the UTV’s that is independent of our Heavy Rescue Unit.

Our all volunteer membership has been very busy during 2011-2012.  We have received training in Medical Responder (State Certification , North Carolina Technical Rescuer  Program – High Angle Rescue, and ATV/UTV Rescue courses.  We have a number of SARTECH members with additional Technical Rescue training.  During the 2012 Spring and Summer our members completed over 1300 hours of GPS, navigation, rescue and rope rescue training.

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1.  Wilderness Events (Races, Walks, etc)

Please let us know in advance especially if you are requesting our assistance in having units on standby for your event.  We cannot honor all requests, but typically if we are given plenty of notice, are able to accomodate almost everyone.  It is also very important to meet prior to the event to establish pre-planning.

2. Lost or Injured

If you are lost or injured Call 911.  If you have a GPS enabled phone, don’t attempt to move around after calling 911.  We utilize GPS in aiding locating you.  Moving targets are much harder to locate.  Advise dispatch of any important information.  If you have a GPS, please relay accurate coordinates preferably in Decimal Format.  If you have a radio, please advise of the Frequency/Channel and any privacy codes. Also provide information about your condition, supplies, and any other pertinent information.

3. Review Weather

Especially in the March-April timeframe pay very close attention to the weather.  We have had a number of individuals caught in Snow or low temps.