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February 2014


P.O. BOX 357

A self-supporting, not-for-profit group of volunteer citizens dedicated to improving safety in the Arizona wilderness.

Operating under the authority of the Gila County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff, Adam Shepherd

TRSAR Squad meets monthly

General Public Welcome
2nd Thursday @ 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Payson Public Library Meeting Room
328 N. McLane Road - Payson, Arizona


Click here for the PDF version of this newsletter


Don’t forget.
The meetings for March are:

Board  Meeting: Tuesday the 11th, 1600 Hrs at the Squad Building.

General  Meeting: Thursday the 13th, 1900 Hrs at the Payson Library.

Commander's Corner

TRSAR Members:

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 qualifications:

Total number of hours dedicated to the squad (over 1000 hours)
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

TRSAR Pin Eligibility as of 12/31/2013


Pictures on web site and Facebook

February Training Schedule

Dog Training. Susan Starr 480-278-3806 kansasstarr88@yahoo.com

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 rogerrescuesarge@msn.com
Swift Water Paul Morgan 928-474-5981 petextor@yahoo.com
No swiftwater training until weather permits.

Navigation. Jim Oelerich 602-370-9785 jim.oelerich@gmail.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 david@cprarizona.com

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.

SAR Academy.
April 12-13, Saturday & Sunday. 0800-1600 hours each day. Location: Tonto Basin Elimentary School in Tonto Basin.

Mock Mission
April 19. Saturday. Location: FR 409 in Punkin Center area. Time to be announced. Helicopter safety training will occur just prior to mission activities.

K-9 Handlers Seminar.
July 8th. Payson.

Training Coordinator: Gary Morris 602-803-7366 mercurymorris@hotmail.com


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. 

The PDF 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 agency maps. 

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 firefighters. 

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 March 2014. 

Paper maps are still available for purchase online at the National Forest Store.  
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 live.


If you haven't already gotten new business cards with Sheriff Adam Shepherd listed instead of former Sheriff John Armer, contact Mike Taylor. miket@trsar.org



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