Niagara Frontier SAR

Area Serviced

 

Primary AOR is the 8 Counties of Western NY. Members willing when available to travel throughout NYS or Northern PA.

Activation

 

(716) 858-2903 Erie County Sheriff's Communications Center or contact team Chief.

Skills

 

59 total members – 44 Active members. All Active members NYS DEC BasicWildland Search Qualified; 16 DEC Crew Bosses, 14 NASAR SARTECH II, 4SARTECH III Certified; Type III, Type II, and Type I search trained.Team capable of self-sustained 24 hour search operations in all-weather and low-angle terrain, as well as ability to provide searchers with specialized severe winter operation and low- and high-angle rope rescue skills.

K9Resources - one NYSFEDSAR certified for air scent live-find; four NYSFEDSAR certified for water recovery; four NYSFEDSAR certified for land cadaver.


Equipment

 

One 7’ x 12’ operations trailer with tech rope gear, litter,generators, command space, laptops with Terrain Navigator Pro and SARTopo mapping S/W, and VHF/UHF radios. One 7’ x 14’ transport trailer with Max 6-wheel amphibious ATV with winter tracks, VHF/UHF radios; litter transport capable; all supplies necessary to carry out Hasty, Type II (Modified) and Type III (grid) searches.

Radios

 

FCC call sign WQOJ843 (7 licensed team VHF SAR frequencies). 50 VHF portable radios, 2 UHF portable radios (local fire and LE frequencies), 2 25W trailer-mounted mobile VHF radios with fixed and wilderness antennas. All VHF radios programmed with NFSAR, DEC Forest Ranger, NOAA weather and national interoperable SAR frequencies.

Medical

 

2 MDs, 3 EMTs, 5 WFA. All members certified in Basic First Aid and CPR.


Technical

 

18 members NYS OFPS Rescue Technician Basic certified for low-angle technical evacuation, 10 members NYS OFPS Rope Operations or higher certified for high-angle evacuation.

Maps

 

Trimble® Terrain Navigator Pro for NYS, SARTopo maps of local parks and wilderness areas. 90% of members use handheld Garmin 60 series GPS units.

Additional

 

Look for us on Facebook

www.nfsar.org (website under construction)

   

Contact Information

 

Niagara Frontier SAR Team
P.O. Box 82
Orchard Park, NY 14217-0082

  

President/Chief
Mark Bernas
     
(716) 553-9011 (C)
EMail: president@nfsar.org
EMail: mark.bernas@nfsar.org

1st Vice President-Operations
Jack Wellington

(716) 697-4507 (C)
EMail: jackwell37@icloud.com

  

2nd Vice President-Training
Fred Whipple
(716) 860.0528 (C)
EMail: Frederick.Whipple@nfsar.org

Quartermaster/Segeant-at-Arms
Chris Watson
(716) 308-4814
EMail: cwatson@ktufsd.org


Secretary 
Dr. Jerry Sultz
(716) 481-7580 (C)
EMail: nfsar.sultz@gmail.com


Treasurer
Kathy Galus
(716) 417-7078 (C)
EMail: kathy.galus@nfsar.org

 


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