CASART History

Volunteers solicited for initial organization through Press Releases - Adirondack Express 2/18/03, Hamilton County News 3/4/03 & Posters

50+ people signed up for the team by 5/1/03

First Basic Wildland Search Skills training 5/31/03 – 35 people attended & certified

First Organizational meeting 6/26/03

  • Mission & By-Laws approved

  • Officers & Directors elected

  • Committees formed

  • Milestones:

    • Mission Established – Provide a search and rescue team to assist and aid NYS DEC Forest Rangers in search and rescue operations.

    • Incorporated in NYS as a not-for-profit corporation 9/4/03.

    • Purchased initial liability insurance with coverage beginning on 10/01/03.

    • Applied for recognition with the IRS on 11/21/03 and received confirmation on 01/07/04 that they have made an advance ruling determining CASART to be a publicly supported organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3).

    • Joined the New York State Federation of Search & Rescue Teams (NYSFEDSAR) 01/24/04.

    • Logo designed by Doug Groh & Patch created 01/13/04. 100 patches paid for by a donation from the Herkimer County Spirit Committee.

    • Second Basic Wildland Search Skills training 5/08/04 – 29 people attended & certified

    • Tracking training held at Vanderkamp camp in Cleveland, NY 06/04-06/04. Administered by nationally recognized veteran of the US Border Patrol, Joel Hardin. Mike Caltigirone, Roy Reehil and Rob Winter attended from CASART.

    • 6 GPS units paid for by a $900 grant from the Adirondack Bank Charity Golf Classic 06/14/04.

    • 24 blaze orange vests for Field Members 06/25/04.

    • Class on Clothing, Equipment & Map & Compass presented to Cub Scouts in Old Forge 10/19/04.

    • Crew Boss Course held on 11/06-07/04 hosted by CASART in Inlet. 22 people attended, 11 CASART and the others were from Team 5-1, LASAR and Oswego County Pioneer SAR.

    • Trailer donated by the Power Authority of the State of New York 08/16/04, restoration and retrofit for use as a field ICP completed by volunteer members on 05/13/06 and a generator was donated by Wal-Mart to provide electric power in the field.

    • "Introduction the Human Tracking for Search and Rescue
      Volunteers" was held on 09/19/04, taught by Roy Reehil, 5 CASART members attended.

    • 6 Hand held radios and 6 Chest Packs purchased 03/05.

    • $3,500 Grant received from the State of New York Community Projects Fund to reimburse CASART for the purchase of GPS Receivers, Hand Held Radios and Chest Packs 06/05.

    • Purchase of a base station radio has added to the capabilities of the trailer for remote communications.

    • Purchase of a computer and projector and donation of a printer and scanner has enabled the team to print maps of search areas and make copies in the field and present PowerPoint based training to the team and the "Hiking Safely" seminar to the public.

    • "Hiking Safely" seminar, a community service program developed by CASART to educate the public about proper outdoor clothing, basic survival equipment, nutrition, hydration, the dangers of hyperthermia & hypothermia, land navigation skills with map & compass, special things about the Adirondacks & good environmental practices. Offered 06/12/04, 07/17/04 & 08/14/04 through ADIRONDACK EXPLORATIONS and offered 07/07/06 and 08/04/06 at the Old Forge Library, 07/14/06 at Indian Lake and 07/20/06 at the Woodcraft Camp near Rondaxe Lake.

    • Generous financial support from individual and business donations, contracts with the Towns of Arietta, Indian Lake, Inlet, Long Lake & Webb & grants have made CASART a viable community service organization.

    • 80 Active Members come from most of the surrounding central Adirondack communities of Big Moose, Eagle Bay, Inlet, Long Lake, Old Forge, Otter Lake, Raquette Lake, Thendara, as well as communities outside the Adirondacks, 76 DEC certified BWSS, 13 DEC certified Crew Boss, 6 NYS Licensed Guides, 1 MD, 1 Nurse Practitioner, 2 Registered Nurse, 2 Licensed Practical Nurse, 1 Paramedic, 8 Emergency Medical Technician, 2 Wilderness First Responder, 3 First Responder, 14 Automatic External Defibrillator, 26 Basic First Aid and 29 Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation.


    Two Mock Searches 2004: Type II Search with Team 5-1 in Benson 08/28/04 and Mock Search with Massasauga SAR in Geneseo 10/24/04.

    Mock Search and Rescue led by Forest Rangers Pete Evans and Greg George 05/21/05 at Limekiln Campground.

    Two Mock Searches in 2006: Sunday Lake in the Independence River Wild Forest Area 07/29/06 and Rondax Lake 10/07/06.

    Three Mock Searches in 2007: Rondax Lake 04/21/07, Moose River Plains Recreation Area 08/04/07, and Fern Mountain Recreation Area 10/06/07.

    Two Mock Searches in 2008: Windfall Pond in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness Area 04/26/08, Fern Mountain Recreation Area 10/04/08.

    Three Mock Searches in 2009.

    Three mock Searches in 2010.

    Two Mock Searches in 2011. Grants for radios and a storage facility for our trailer were recieved.

ACTIVATIONS (Linked to CASART Report if available)

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