#FindNoah

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

The outcome of the Noah Thomas search wasn’t what any of us wanted. However the SAR community pulled together and with the local and state resources, fielded a lot of people on a lot of tasks. Not only was I impressed by the SAR effort, I can’t say enough about the turnout from the local fire and rescue personnel. Working alongside those folks and their knowledge of the area and the outpouring of support from the surrounding agencies was impressive to say the least.

I thought you may want to look at some initial numbers.

These will be updated as the data is compiled, however, This isn’t all inclusive:

The mission was started on 3/22 at 12:45 and ended 3/26 around 2100. I don’t have the total number of missions tasked out yet, however in that time frame there were 477 ground personnel, 303 volunteers, 25 staff, 22 dog teams and 2 equestrian teams for a total of 3064 manhours. There were over 6800 miles driven to and from the search, 15 individual SAR teams had members respond, 8 separate government agencies, 22 local agencies, and 14 groups of “Others”
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2015 VASARCo SAR Conference

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Come and celebrate the 30th year anniversary of VASARCo! Enjoy the fellowship of other Virginia SAR persons, and SAR Folks from other states, as we share knowledge and learn new skills! Choose from a 2 day Land Navigation workshop, SOLO Wilderness First Aid, or Lost Person Behavior on Thursday and Friday. Then you can move on to other items such as the following to name a few…

(Click for more info and to sign up)

K9 Tracks to include Air Scent and HRD (Saturday and Sunday)
K9 First Aid
First on Scene
Hemorrhage Control in the Field
Autism Awareness
Clandestine Graves
Responding to the Disaster
Fundraising for Your Organization
Tabletop missions
Snakes of Virginia
Anchors & Semi-Tech Review
Test your Land Nav skills on the Land Nav Challenge
Prepare for a great Bar B Que meal on Saturday night and our Keynote Speaker.

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Black Diamond Search & Rescue is asking for your help!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

As a 501c3 non profit which relies wholly on donations to purchase and maintain vital lifesaving equipment, and continue to offer the best training to our team, We are seeking donations to contuine to provide specially trained professional’s to find lost or missing people in wilderness, rural or disaster environments. We train and employ Ground Teams , Trackers, Search Management teams, K9 Wilderness Live find and K9 Cadaver in a wide variety of environments and weather condition including farmland, wilderness, and urban areas.

We do not get any funding from the state, the government, the police or the counties we serve.
All of our members are 100% volunteer, provide their own personal equipment, take time away from work and loved ones to search for complete strangers.

 

 

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VA-033-14 (06/03/14) Speedwell, Virginia

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

On 06/03/2014 BDSAR responded to mission number VA-033-14 in Speedwell, Virginia for a cave rescue mission.

” A group of spelunkers entered a cave south of Speedwell on the west side of U.S. Route 21 this morning, and that sometime after noon one of the cave explorers got wedged in a part of the cave.
He said local rescuers responded and were able to provide the person with medical care. She was alert and interacting with rescuers as they worked.
Various rescue teams responded, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Speedwell volunteer fire department, Rural Retreat rescue, Wythe County rescue squad, Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Black Diamond Search and Rescue, a rescue team that specializes in cave rescue”

Scr:http://m.roanoke.com/news/virginia/crews-rescue-trapped-female-caver-in-wythe-county/article_d6b44d82-eb79-11e3-9478-0017a43b2370.html?mode=jqm

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VA-014-14 Scott County

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Black Diamond requested by Virginia EOC to supplement response of Scott Co Fire & Rescue agencies in search of three adult hikers. Subjects were found, and led out of the woods under their own power.

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VA-010-14 Wise County

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Black Diamond alerted to a call by the Virginia EOC,from the Wise County Sheriff’s Department Saturday March 15, 2014. Two subjects were hiking on the Pine Mountain Trail, the female had an ankle injury and was unable to walk, both subjects had been without water for several hours and were suffering from symptoms of dehydration. Both subjects were extracted and SAR cleared.

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VA-070-13 Patrick Co.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Black Diamond resources called to the Blue Ridge Parkway to assist other SAR resources in locating a 70 year old hunter who was overdue. Subject located and evacuated to safety.

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VA-068-13 – Tazewell Co

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

SAR resources requested to assist Law Enforcement with an overdue hunter.

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VA-065-13 – Wise Co

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

SAR resources requested to assist local Fire / EMS in locating 5 lost hikers who had not only split up, but also left the trail. Local Fire and EMS used sirens for attraction and were able to make contact with the subjects soon after SAR personnel began arriving.

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VA-064-13 – Lee Co

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Black Diamond SAR requested to assist local EMS / Fire to locate someone who had walked off from home, and did not return. Subject was located by local resources before arrival of SAR personnel.

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