On Sunday, June 7, 2009 several Texas EquuSearch members in Florida conducted a field training in the Ocala National Forest which lasted nearly all day. This training was planned by an advance team comprised of Lynn Hinkel, Bill Fitzgerald, Brian Fallon and Rich Giles. Special thanks go to Rich Giles’ son for playing the role of victim in one of the searches.
Many hours were spent preparing for this training to include the placement of evidence, designating persons to play the role of media, family members, and victim. Scenario one was to search in a large grid pattern for a squirrel hunter who had been missing for two days. Scenario two was to search using a three grid pattern to recover a six year old child who had disappeared six years ago. The third scenario was to search in a one grid pattern for a homeless man who had been missing from his last known location for two days. Team leaders were selected and briefed on the scenarios. Teams of five were dispatched to the designated areas to search. A through critique was done following each search.
These exercises proved to be very beneficial to all who participated and there have been many requests for more of this type training. Kudos to all who participated! Job well done!