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Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:55 am
Again a renewed call to action on Sky Terry's Aug. 9 Emergency & Disaster Response Exercise in Jefferson County, Washington.
3 Planes attending so far, more are wanted. This would be a huge opportunity to demonstrate this industries capability in such efforts.
Its definitely an advocacy issue, the long term effects on having involvement with emergency planners and responders is cruicial.http://seaplanemagazine.com/2017/08/01/ ... t-9th-pnw/
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:20 am
I got my Ham Radio license when I was 10 years old. Over the years, most communities have asked for, received and been thankful for the help that the Ham Radio community has brought to police support, civic support and disaster relief. During 91, much of the interagency communications were handled or helped by Hams as at the time there was no common police / fire frequencies or even modes of radios, Analog, Digital etc. Of course there are hundreds of thousands of hams in the country and nationwide, region, state and local clubs and OEM groups to help get the work out and provide the support.
This is the kind of platform that could a lot of positive results to communities and also positive press. Ground based aircraft groups have been providing support in the way of search and rescue, flying medical supplies and other relieve material, but probably because there is a much bigger base of ground based aircraft users to form the pool and much less dependency on places to land or take off. Since seaplanes added another dimension to accessing sites, maybe getting the local Flying Angles and other groups to group up with local seaplane pilots could be another step. Could add things like relay flight, seaplane picks up medication / rescue gear from a land based plane that can not get back into the remote lake and then the seaplane takes over or in reverse for bringing out injured personnel etc.
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:24 am
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:28 pm
Update for the peanut gallery:
Posted this on BCGA's Facebook Page asking our Canadian friends for help. There, I was advised to join yet another group with some 8000 members.
After explaining that this isn't the plan and having a senseless argument about it, I decided to break down and message the owner of that other group. As you know, posting links in FB groups is SPAM...joining does not mean you can post links...
There I get a response to contact the owner on his personal FB account, as he won't check the pages messages frequently.
Revolutionizing General Aviation... one like at a time!
Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:28 pm
Jason, I know a guy who knows a guy who can sell you 10,000 'likes' for $300. He said that some cheap @$$ aviation group didn't want anymore.
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:49 am
Thanks! I think I am going to skip that special sale.
Being extremely popular on Facebbok isn't my goal in life. Its gotten pretty damn retarded out there and other than sharing our articles and collecting pretty useless likes we now have 524 Likes, but 6 more that follow the page.
According to Rajay this is a sign of success as its either the competition trying to follow without revealing it, or some severely political people who want to absolutely avoid being seen.
One struggled with following or not yesterday, the number flipped from 529 to 530 and back. Currently Mr. X is following again...
Yesterday I accidentally clicked on a promotion button. When I noticed I quickly cancelled out. Now Facebook keeps reminding me that for $35 a month I can get 36-67 website clicks! Bargain!
Because I didn't feed Mr. Zuckerbergs Superyacht, I will now be punished with limited reach for a week or two.
If I had made Seaplaneforum.com this way we would have had 18% of the posts we have ever gotten and you would have to enter your credit card number four times while posting your last post. Otherwise the wrong audience would have seen it.
Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:25 am
It was the other way around, wasn't it? More actually "following" than even "liked" - meaning that some folks who do not like the page still follow it...
I completely understand where it comes from, but I think that Jason may need a Rabies booster soon. It seems to be flaring up of late...
Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:40 pm
Very mean. Veeeery mean.
There has been some allergic reactions to all the bullshit that surrounds this saga. I am definitely not missing anything. Association free life is the healthiest you can have, especially when you've looked and bin behind the curtain. Independence is a beautiful thing.
Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:22 am
Emergency responders, volunteers practice with sea planehttps://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/emergency-responders-volunteers-practice-with-sea-plane/
Cydney McFarlandThu Aug 10th, 2017 8:09pmNews
PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County officials, emergency responders and area volunteers came together for a drill Wednesday for using sea planes to transport people after a natural disaster.
The exercise was based at the beach on Kala Point and included teams from the Navy, East Jefferson Fire-Rescue, the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management and others.
“It was a way to practice using amphibious aircraft for evacuating injured people,” said Sky Terry of the Emergency Volunteer Air Corps.
The exercise was to help prepare for a massive earthquake from the 800-mile Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Pacific Coast, which stretches from southern British Columbia to Northern California.
The fault spawns quakes of 9.0 magnitude or more an average of once every 200 to 500 years, with the last in about 1700. Officials say it is not if, but when, the next major quake will occur.
Such a quake could disable any emergency response over land, including planes.
“In the case of a natural disaster, like a major earthquake, runways could be out,” said Don Goodman, a pilot from Bellingham who volunteered his plane for Wednesday’s training.
“Amphibious planes could be the only way to transport people, other than helicopters.”
During the training, medics from East Jefferson Fire Rescue, practiced rescuing an injured Navy firefighter from Naval Magazine Indian Island and brought the firefighter — which actually was a 120-pound dummy on a backboard — to Kala Point.
The dummy was walked down to the beach and then carried on to the plane. Other volunteers portrayed other mock victims with various injuries. They were bandaged and loaded onto the float plane to allow volunteers to practice basic first aid, such as applying splints and carrying a person on a backboard along rough terrain, and how to safely carry injured people and get them onto a plane.
Volunteers, mostly from the Kala Point and Marrowstone Island neighborhoods, were given a short orientation on Wednesday morning on how to safely move around a sea plane and were briefed on that morning’s practice situation.
“It was a chance to give them hands-on with the float planes,” Terry said. “You deal with stuff differently with float planes than with land based planes but it’s mostly how to safely get people on and off and being aware of propellers.”
This is the first time a training like this was done in Jefferson County. Terry has been running training like this in Bellingham’s Lake Whatcom and Seattle’s Lake Washington for roughly two years.
The pilot, Goodman, said this is the first time he’s flown his plane into a training like this. As a member of the Washington Seaplane Pilot’s Association (WSPA), he has worked with Terry in other ways to support emergency planning and training like this in Washington state.
Terry has been working with the WSPA to create a data base of pilots willing to help in emergencies.
The actual implementation of those pilots is a work in progress, according to Goodman, since they still don’t have a good way to notify pilots in case of an emergency and figuring out how planes will be able to either fuel up or carry enough fuel to evacuate people is another issue.
“It’s still in development,” Goodman said. “This kind of practice is a refinement of that system.”
Goodman, who flew about 35 minutes from Lake Samish to Kala Point, has also worked with officials in Clallam County to use sea planes as emergency vehicles there as well.
On Aug. 1, Blaine Zechenelly, Fire District 3 disaster planner/Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) coordinator; Clallam County Emergency Management volunteer Jim Buck and Jefferson County Emergency Manager Lynn Sterbenz attended an amphibious training exercise in Westport at the invitation of Washington National Guard Commander Maj. Gen. Brett Daugherty.
Jefferson County Editor/Reporter Cydney McFarland can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 55052, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:39 am
And Sky Terry's writeup on Seaplanemagazine.comhttp://seaplanemagazine.com/2017/08/11/ ... county-wa/
Sincere thanks to Don Goodmann for stepping up to bail this out.
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:11 pm
Now with a video and exclusive phone interview with Sky. This is gaining more traction among decision makers and emergency response officials...http://seaplanemagazine.com/2017/08/13/ ... on-county/
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:37 pm
We need a "Like" button here too....
Maybe a "Thumbs Up" emoji would do...
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:27 am
Haha. Then we'll see a bunch more likes, but those don't do much, do they...?
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:51 pm
Most every grouping of people large or small find themselves setting up a camp, community or town on the edge of water. After the roads are impassable they will need a large body of water for everyday normalcy. Helicopters are very useful in the first stages of the rescue but become expensive and limited for the reforming of a community. Today's population has become so reliant on the road system they have lost all imagination of what will happen the day after a bridge is not usable. Just a couple damaged bridges can be absorbed by the local and/or state budget in a reasonable period of time. What happens when the cost to rebuild ground transportation infrastructure is greater than a five years budget can handle?
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:14 pm
Does anyone know of any kind of organized East Coast disaster contingency planning being done, with or without the involvement of seaplanes for that matter?
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:34 pm
We have it in the Air Arm of the Auxilliary Coast Guard here on Long Island, affiliated with Station Montauk. All land based planes though.
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