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!


  1. Bond JamesBond on June 29, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Thank you all for giving of your time & talent!!

  2. Butch Potts on June 12, 2009 at 2:39 AM

    The best team leaders , anyone could have. Awesome! Awesome! Very caring group, Thanks. Really, makes my day to be with such good & caring people.

  3. Carol on June 10, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    This is an awesome group and it was an awesome day of field training.

    Thanks to everyone who organized the day and made it happen. Look forward to more.

  4. Dsntslp on June 10, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    Although I missed this one I have already heard from another FL member who says she learned a lot and it was well worth it. Thanks to Lynn, Bill and all of our other members who took so much time planning and setting this up and thanks to all of the members who participated in this exercise to make it so successful. I see you all had a lot of fun while working hard and learning at the same time. Kudos to all!

    Peace and prayers,

  5. Tim on June 9, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    What an awesome group! Thank you Brian,and Rich I learned a lot.. Look foward to more training.

  6. tim on June 9, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Thanks to everyone,who planned that out. That was my first time in a team leader position, and I really did learn a lot.

  7. Carolyn on June 9, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Way to go Florida!!

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