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Joint Exercise: Piedmont S&R, Tidewater S&R, and Commonwealth of Virginia S&R

posted Mar 23, 2016, 7:54 PM by Richard Qualls   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 7:58 PM ]
You are invited to participate in a joint Search and Rescue Exercise Training Simulation:
September 23-25, 2016 
Pocahontas State Park 
10301 State Park Rd. 
Chesterfield, Va.23832 

Sponsored by Piedmont Search and Rescue and Tidewater Search and Rescue In conjunction with Commonwealth of Virginia Search and Rescue 

This training will consist of a realistic search scenario in Pocahontas State Park, while working in a joint effort with other state MOU SAR groups, Park service, Law Enforcement and local Fire and Rescue. The training objective is to create a preplan for actual searches in this location while building teamwork with other agencies from across the Commonwealth. The training will be conducted rain or shine, with both night and day operations, over multiple shifts and as usual there will be live subjects in play. This simulation has been planned to provide realistic learning opportunities for multiple resources, with the thinking: make mistakes here to be better prepared for the real thing. 
Pocahontas State Park is the largest state park in Virginia, with almost 8000 acres of beautiful terrain to play in and just minutes from downtown Richmond. 

This training is open to all MOU SAR teams, Local Fire/Rescue, Law Enforcement and Park Service. Because of safety concerns, all participants that are not Law enforcement, Fire/Rescue or Park Service, should be certified as a STM or higher. Our By-Laws require all individuals to be 18 years or older to participate in all activities. 
➢ Members that are listed as COQ through their primary group are welcome to attend if an STM/STL is also attending from the same group 
➢ Exercise assignments will be made in accordance with individual’s training credentials. Trainees may participate under the approval and direct supervision of their respective agencies/organizations and with the concurrence of the Incident Commander. Non-qualified personnel will be assigned other functions in the SAREX operation.) 
Play Book 
Friday September 23 
1600- Registration opens 
1800- Management briefed on scenario and begins planning operations 
1900- Teams report to Staging for Briefing and Night OPS 

Saturday September 24 Welcome and Orientation 
0800- Check in and briefing of Park regulations, hazards, other safety concerns and boundaries of Search area. 

Sunday September 25 
0900- Debrief exercise, group discussion on learning points, safety issues and recommendations 
Check –out 

Notify your Emergency Services Officer of your desire to participate

Meals and Lodging 
All meals and lodging are up the individual. 

**Pocahontas Park’s camping fills very fast because of activities in the park, please reserve your spot early by calling 1-800-933-7275 or 804-766-4255. Can reserve online at