SARCOM maintains a log of all missions, events, and trainings. Our latest activity is listed below. To view all our activity, visit our missions blog.
SARCOM members received updated training on CPR and AED. Re-certification is required every two years. Thank you to Erik from Marion County Emergency Management for teaching the class!
SARCOM met at Salem Fire Station 6 for an orientation to SARTopo. SARTopo is the new mapping application that the team will transition to. Many of its features are made available to search & rescue teams free of charge, and others are low-cost.
Silverton High School hosted an event put on by the American Red Cross that encourages communities to prepare for the upcoming Cascadia earthquake. SARCOM provided an information booth for attendees, and some members attended the Red Cross presentation.
SARCOM met at Salem Fire Station 6 and discussed topics related to radio programming and usage, frequency allocation by the Federal Communications Commission and related licensing processes, interoperability channels, and best practices for public safety communications planning.
Polk County Search & Rescue requested communications assistance for their mock search that occurred west of Dallas, Oregon. SARCOM provided a hasty team that served as a mobile relay between field units and the operations base. PCSO's ground, mantracking, K9, and ATV teams participated in the search.
SARCOM held its monthly training at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Newer members were given a complete overview of Com1 and all communications equipment, including the cross-band repeater. Members demonstrated multiple times their ability to deploy and break down all equipment as well as operate and manage communications for a mock search operation.
SARCOM helped provide communications for the Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States Pacific Northwest certification clinic Thursday through Saturday, October 27-29. Participating dogs were tested on their skills in area search, human remains detection, trailing, and other specialty areas. SARCOM provided radio coverage that spanned across Polk County from Falls City to Independence. Congratulations to the K9 teams and handlers who passed the course!