LONDONDERRY — The 15-member team making up Londonderry’s ALERT emergency response team had a training day March 22 in the town’s Musquash Conservation Area.
The team members and nine others representing community response crews in Derry, New Boston, Nashua and Bedford joined together for line search, victim carry and land navigation training.
The exercises were set up and instructed by ALERT training team members. After a lesson in compass use and land navigation, the group proceeded to a landing area where they were divided into teams and given a training scenario.
Using line search techniques and compass headings, the teams searched a pre-staged area looking for evidence of a “lost” victim.
Throughout the exercise, information was relayed back to ALERT’s communication trailer at the Musquash entrance.
Once the victim was located, teams used a stokes basket to carry the victim to safety. The exercise was followed by a field navigation compass at the same place. Both exercises were followed by a debriefing session.
ALERT is a nonprofit organization made up of community volunteers. ALERT assists the Londonderry police and fire departments and New Hampshire Fish and Game in times of need. The ALERT team has been involved in search and rescue, emergency shelter operations, traffic assistance and educational outreach projects.
The team is always looking for new members to get involved, and no experience is necessary. Visit londonderryalert.org.