For those who missed it, we had a recognition event at the
February meeting last week where we gave two levels of
recognition to squad members who have gone above and beyond
in support of Tonto Rim Search and Rescue.
The first pin is for TRSAR service and has the following
Total number of hours dedicated to the squad (over 1000
Service as a board member,
Service as an officer,
Service as a training coordinator for specific disciplines,
Other service above and beyond
The Service Pin citation reads:
Successful Search and Rescue operations require a
significant commitment by squad members to provide training,
fundraising, equipment maintenance, building maintenance,
operational direction, etc. The Tonto Rim Search and Rescue
Service PIN recognizes those who go above and beyond in
their efforts to keep the squad running smoothly with a pin
that can be worn proudly at TRSAR and non-TRSAR functions.
The second pin is for members who have participated in 100
or more missions. There are a number of members who have
achieved this level, and 3 members who received a 2nd pin
for over 200 missions. Dave Pirtle and Cliff Sage each have
271 missions, and Bill Pitterle has 270 missions. For
purposes of this pin, "missions" are counted as
mission-days. Multi-day missions, or missions that extend
beyond midnight count as multiple mission-days.
The 100 Mission Pin citation reads:
Search and Rescue missions are the core function of Tonto
Rim Search and Rescue. Participating in 100 SAR missions is
a significant achievement. It represents the hundreds of
hours spent on missions at any hour of the day or night and
in any weather, as well as all of the training that was
required to execute those missions. The 100 Mission Pin
recognizes that achievement with a pin that can be worn
proudly at TRSAR and non-TRSAR functions.
I have also attached a listing of current standing of all
members as of 12/31/20
February Training Schedule
Dog Training. Susan Starr 480-278-3806
Saturday, February 22
Saturday, March 1
Saturday, March 8
Man Tracking. Jim McMillion Home 928-476-2078 Cell 928-970-2451
Rope Training Roger Miotto 928-978-0783
Swift Water Paul Morgan 928-474-5981 firstname.lastname@example.org
No swiftwater training until weather permits.
Navigation. Jim Oelerich 602-370-9785 email@example.com
None Scheduled. Members that need training for MRA requirements can
contact Jim for assistance.
Squad General Meeting – No Training Scheduled for after the meeting
First Aid/CPR Dave Burkhart 623-640-0353
March 8, Saturday.
American Legion Post on 69 Hwy 260 in Payson AZ, next to the 260
café. The 1st Aid class will start at 9 am and the CPR/AED class
will start at 12:30 pm. If taking both classes will be over by 4 pm.
The 1st Aid class will be over by 1 pm.
March 13, Thursday
AHA BLS (Professional Rescuer) CPR/AED Thurs. 0313/14 9am Payson
call center Payson, you must email me to register for this class.
April 12-13, Saturday & Sunday. 0800-1600 hours each day. Location:
Tonto Basin Elimentary School in Tonto Basin.
April 19. Saturday. Location: FR 409 in Punkin Center area. Time to
be announced. Helicopter safety training will occur just prior to
K-9 Handlers Seminar.
July 8th. Payson.
Training Coordinator: Gary Morris 602-803-7366
Training Feb 13, 2014
Dr. Danielle Hettler, visiting from California.
She used to work at Star Valley Veterinary Clinic.
Front row - Dogs: Cassie, Chill, Ringo, Toulouse, Lewis
Front row - People: Wyman Kendall, Greg Reed, Frank Van Buren
Back row: Dr. Hettler, Stuart Dogger, Cliff Sage, Cailey Van Buren,
Mikki Van Buren, Susan, Jim McMillion
U.S. Forest Service offers new
digital maps for mobile devices
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2013 – The
U.S. Forest Service now offers access to a variety of
visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices.
“This mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your
visit to a national forest or grassland,” said U.S. Forest
Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “By putting important forest
information right at your fingertips, it will encourage more
Americans to get outside and explore their forests.”
The digital maps are part of USDA’s work toward reaching
President Obama’s initiative to create a paperless
government that also provides the American public with
better, more accessible information. Online customer surveys
also indicated a desire for more online products and
information, such as maps. The Forest Service is currently
working on the first phase of a website redesign, expected
to debut early in 2014, which centers on a map-based tool
for planning trips onto our nation’s forests, grasslands and
other special places.
Maps Mobile App, developed by Avenza Systems
Inc., is available as a free download from iTunes and the
Android Play Store. The app provides access to Forest
Service maps, such as motor-vehicle-use maps, which are free
while pages from national forest atlases are 99 cents and
forest visitor maps are $4.99. Prices are pending for other
The maps are geo-referenced with the user’s location
appearing as a blue dot. The app works on iPhones (3GS or
newer) and iPads with WiFi+3G. It also works with Android 4
or newer operating systems on devices with at least 1
gigabyte of memory.
Through the app, users can purchase and download
professionally created maps that are stored on their
devices. They can use the maps based on their location when
GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure
distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in
Google maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter their own
data and add photos as attributes. Almost 700 Forest Service
maps are available through the app.
In areas of national forests and grasslands where Internet
connections are unavailable, the app and static maps work
well if users download the maps prior to their visit. The
apps and maps also will be useful for wildland
In geographic areas with Internet availability users will be
able to use the products with live data. The interactive map
is expected to be available on a limited basis starting in
Paper maps are still available for purchase online at the National
The Forest Service differs from other federal government
agencies in how the Forest Visitor map is funded. The
Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1938 calls for the sale of
maps as the funding mechanism to revise and produce maps for
the public. In 1999 the Act was amended to include products
available through the web as “geo-referenced data.”
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health,
diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and
grasslands to meet the needs of present and future
generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public
land, provides assistance to state and private landowners,
and maintains the largest forestry research organization in
the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages
contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year
through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20
percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value
estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a
direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent
of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which
100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans
If you haven't already gotten new business cards with
Sheriff Adam Shepherd listed instead of former Sheriff John
Armer, contact Mike Taylor.