On Saturday, October 27, nine TEXSAR members traveled to Bryan, TX to assist Cen-Tex SAR during a 200-person Search and Rescue training exercise at Lake Bryan. TEXSAR members fulfilled the roles of Incident Command personnel and canine flankers during the large exercise, which included the Texas A&M Forest Service, the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment, Bryan Police and Fire Departments, Texas Department of Public Safety, and many other units and agencies to see how well multiple groups can coordinate and work together on large scale emergencies. The exercise lasted from early in the morning to late in the afternoon as land, boat, and air units broke up into small search teams tasked to find, assess, and extract up to 50 casualties from 26 search sectors from both the water and surrounding areas.
On Saturday morning, May 19th, TEXSAR team members headed to New Braunfels to participate in a training “play day” with Wesley Meyers of Rescue Training International (RTI). The morning started at a heavily canopied canyon preserve where TEXSAR members, along with members from TMAR and first responders from across Texas, were provided with an overview of Land Search and Rescue Concepts and Lost Person Behavior Patterns. Participants then practiced and refined their line search and echo location skills. Next was basic rappelling that offered enough time for beginners to become comfortable with the seat harness and with locking off and then releasing the rope from the rappel device to ascend. Others, including a few beginners, had fun with inverted rappel techniques. It was then off to the Guadalupe River for demonstrations and practical exercises with throw bags, survival swim, low water crossing and self defense techniques.