The Official Newsletter of
Douglas County Search and Rescue Celebrating 20 Years of Community Service
Join the Volunteer Class of 2019
Are you passionate about helping others? Do you want to give back to the community? Join us Tuesday, July 17th at 7pm for an informational meeting. It’s open to all interested applicants who are at least 18 years of age. You will learn about the history of DCSAR, what we do for Douglas County, our training program, requirements, and your time commitment. Meet DCSAR team members and training mentors and get all of your questions answered. Applications will be provided for anyone interested in joining. Those accepted to the new member class will begin training in September. This class—the Class of 2019—will be our last class of trainees until the Class of 2021 due to our focus next year on recertification by the Mountain Rescue Association. Don’t wait to join! RSVP on Facebook or show up on the 17th!
July 17th at 7pm
Douglas County Sheriff’s Highlands Ranch Substation
9250 Zotos Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
If you’re interested in joining but are unable to make the informational meeting, send an email to email@example.com.
Member of the Month
Will Petitt | Physician’s Assistant | Family Man
Meet Will! Will grew up in the sunshine state in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Florida to become a Physician’s Assistant (PA). He has been a PA in Trauma and Orthopedics for 20 years and currently works for Colorado Joint Replacement.
Will joined the team in 2016. He serves as our medical committee chairperson and has been instrumental in enhancing the team’s medical training. He joined to give back to the community and to make a difference in rescues with his experienced medical background. He is an incredible teammate and has helped to improve our team’s medical skills. When asked why he loves DCSAR, he replied, “I enjoy the camaraderie with my teammates and the accomplishment of helping someone return home safely to their family.”
Will is married with three children. In his free time he enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, camping and hanging out with his family. Will also volunteers his time with medical mission trips to Central America.
What to Tell Your Family BEFORE They Ever Get Lost
Part of our commitment to our community is to provide PSAR (Preventive Search and Rescue) training and tips to families, visitors, and residents of Douglas County. Our PSAR instructor offers some great tips below. Share these with your family to avoid getting lost and to help you know what to do if someone you love becomes lost. These tips are geared towards our younger hikers, but they apply to all of us.
When you’re in the backcountry, it’s important to stay safe. Always stay with your parents or friends and NEVER go off on your own. Here are some tips to “staying found”:
Tell an adult where you’re going so nobody worries…
Each year Douglas County Search and Rescue hosts the Call Your Bluff Fun Run. It’s a fundraiser to support the team’s ongoing equipment and training needs. Register early for a discount before August 7th! Space is limited! The run is held at Bluffs Regional Park in Lone Tree. Run or walk with us and enjoy the stunning views and know you’re helping the team!
October 7th, 8:00 am
Bluffs Regional Park in Lone Tree
5K: $35 ($30 before August 7th)
7K: $37 ($32 before August 7th)
In early June, we trained with Flight for Life helicopter air rescue service to learn how to safely board the helicopters and fly with Flight for Life pilots and medical crews during missions. “How hard can it be to board a helicopter?” you may be thinking. Harder than you think with the rotors turning, especially if you’re a member of the K9 team and need to get your dog on board also. We learned how to buckle in, work the radios, and stay safe in all conditions.
This resource can aid in faster responses to areas with limited or difficult access. Most often, we use helicopters to extract critically injured subjects who need immediate medical aid.
In mid-June, we trained at Greenland Open Space to prepare for mass casualty incidents (MCI). As the name suggests, MCI training prepares us for missions in which our personnel and equipment resources are overwhelmed by the number and severity of casualties. In this training, we learned how to assess the incident, triage patients, and organize extractions so everyone receives medical treatment and transport when they need it most. Held annually, we use different scenarios to keep our skills sharp. This year our training simulated a crashed hot air balloon with 13 subjects. Many thanks to Kelli and Lynda for sharing their time and balloon with us as well as Douglas County Open Space and Rose Lynch for the moulage
One of our favorite annual events is the Highlands Ranch July 4th Parade! We’ll also be out at the Douglas County Fair Parade on July 28th. Join us for one or both. Wave hello and call out “DCSAR Rocks!”
Team Meetings (Open to the Public, Highland’s Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Wednesday, July 11th, 7pm
Wednesday, July 29th, 7pm
Stop the Bleed Classes
Thursday, July 12th, 6:30pm (Castle Rock)
Thursday, August 2nd, 6:30pm (Highlands Ranch)
Sunday, August 12th, 12:00pm (Castle Rock)
Tuesday, September 4th, 6:30pm (Parker)
Douglas County Search and Rescue Team, Inc. (DCSAR) is a non-profit, all volunteer team providing search and rescue, other emergency response and outdoor safety education to the citizens of Douglas County, Colorado. We never charge for our services. The team also responds to requests for assistance from other search and rescue (SAR) teams in Colorado and around the US. Funded primarily through grants and donations, we rely on your support. Make a donation today at www.dcsarco.org/donate.