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.