October 2012 - Five Complete SAR Academy

New members Fernholz, Duncklee, Cogan, Buttitta, and Boruta after receiving their badges flanked by Academy staff members Humphreys and Nirenberg. Photo by Antonio M. Arizo

The East Valley Team is proud to welcome five new members to our team: Jason Boruta, Charles Buttitta, Christopher Cogan, Kevin Duncklee, and Gerald Fernholz. The new members successfully completed the 300 hours of the SAR Academy. The Academy covers from the basic search techniques, tracking, communications, and knots to the more advance rope systems, helicopter operations, search management, swiftwater rescue, and winter operations. The academy includes a mid-term test and a 24-hour field final test.

The SAR Academy was instructed by experience and knowledgable team members. The academy is administered by the coordinator, Antonio Arizo, along with the primary staff members, Matt Humphreys, Chan McKearn, and Bob Nirenberg.

Go to the team's web site gallery to view photos from the Academy.