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Rescue 3 Inc.

Preliminary Application Comments

 In question 6 about public input you left it blank. I have seen you guys at District 37 meetings talking about the grants and have talked to you myself about them out in the desert, along with other riders. District meetings are public and I count myself as a stakeholder. You are leaving points you deserve on the table and should fix that so the public has the facts and not a mistake.

Desert Group Search and Rescue Volunteer, Inc. used a volunteer rate of $50 per hour. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department used a volunteer rate of $24.79 per hour and stated the following:

Other-Search and Rescue team members

Notes : Search and Rescue team members volunteer time used as grant alocation match. Team members volunteer time at all safety events and search and rescue events throughout the Victor Valley and San Bernardino County $15.00 per hour seems pretty arbitrary and extremely low for a well equipped volunteer who comes with his own equipment AND tears up their own search and rescue vehicles. Since the Sheriffs people do essentially the same thing you do, although on a seemingly smaller scale, and I don't believe they provide their own equipment and vehicles, why aren't you at least using a similar rate? I would consider something in the $30-$35 dollar per hour rate a much more accurate number and probably closer to the $50 per hour Desert Group Search and Rescue Volunteer, Inc. used.

Maybe you should get rental rates for bikes/quads/utv's and add that to the Sherrif's rate? The use of that equipment is very expensive and you didn't include that at all. I also assume you didn't use the burdened pay rate for a Search and Rescue team member. Meaning you only used the base pay rate and didn't take into account matching taxes or insurance costs to the employer. [Tommy Russell - 4/5/09]

 I have read the State Parks OHV grant application for the Rescue 3 Inc. Education & Safety. This is one of the most worthwhile grant requests I have read. These people do an essential job of helping injured off-roaders in the desert. Looking at the amount of match to their grant shows that they dedicate a tremendous amount of effort to their task. I encourage that this grant be funded to the fullest extent possible so that Rescue 3 can continue its work. [Ed Stovin, CORVA - 4/5/09]

 In reviewing the preliminary grants on OLGA a couple of things caught my attention in the Rescue 3 Grant Proposal.

1.  The dollar amount used for your emergency medical responders is very low. The rate you used would be more applicable to laborers pounding stakes, fixing fences, clearing rocks off trails, or other menial type labor. Your rescue workers are highly skilled emergency medical providers. In the case of your rapid response medical providers on motorcycles; the motorcycles, with the modifications made for that type of work, could excede $8,000 to $10,000 dollars in cost. The rapid response personnel in Rhinos (side by side quads) could easily, with the modifications made, invest $15,000. The support personnel in four wheel drive trucks invest quite a bit in modifications beyond the cost of the trucks. Also, each individual invests at least $200 in their medical kit and pays for the upkeep. Considering the skill level of the medical responders and the cost of their equipment I would say that you should request at least $25 per hour for their time.

2. In Evaluation Criterea Q6, #6 you did not make an entry. You discussed your project several times at meetings of organized OHV clubs, unaffilliated riders, and at other events. It would seem to me that you meet the description of all three elements.

Rescue 3 is a highly skilled off road rescue service. Your volunteer organization has been active in rescues at races I have been attending for over 40 years. You do not provide rescue service solely for participants of the races you attend. I have seen countless times that you have provided rescue for persons not related to the events. You provide a valuable safety net for people recreating in OHV areas that do not even know you exist. I do not speak only for myself when I say, I would not participate in OHV competition if Rescue 3 was not there.

I wholeheartedly support your grant request and all of The American Motorcyclist Association, District 37 members support your request. [Karl Smith, District Legislative Officer, American Motorcyclist Association, District 37 - 4/3/09]

 As a recreational off roader I can attest to the high level of commitment the Rescue 3 team has. They render help to a variety of situations from bumps and scrapes at a camping environment, as well as critical help to ohv riders.

I ask to consider Rescue 3 for a grant to enable them to continue their endeavor. [Curtis Newman - 3/24/09]

 Grant Program: GCA-08; Agency: 23-7028969 Rescue 3, Inc.; Project: S Education & Safety
BR>My name is Darrell Caddy, my son and I joined AMA District 37 last year and began desert racing. For me I don't really call it racing, because at age 47 I really can't be that competitive. For the small price of an entry racing entry fee, we can go on some awesome rides within these AMA organized events and feel safe knowing Rescue 3 is there should something go wrong. Thankfully I/we haven't needed them yet but I have seen these volunteers respond to others whom wouldn't have fared so well without them. There not just here for the racers either. In less than one year, I have seen everything from helping injured play riders from other camps around the events, tending to an almost severed finger while a rider was loading his bike into truck, and a 2 month old baby who fell through the mesh netting from the bed of their tent trailer onto the rocky ground because the Velcro was too week to hold. These ladies and gentlemen respond to anyone out there needing a hand and they are non-profit volunteers.

Last Sept. I spoke with one of the volunteers about signing my hi-school aged son up to help with the R-3 program. He needs to acquire 40 hours of community service in order to graduate. They were more than willing to help my son out too. I couldn't think of a better way for him to serve the community either. He and I ride every weekend and have only missed one weekend so far this year. I feel the District 37 community and R3 is where he should serve.

Bottom line is, is that many of these volunteers are digging very deep into their own pockets in order to keep and maintain the Rescue 3 program. The cost associated with maintaining their equipment is detrimental to thousand of people who attend or even get close to these events. As such, the R-3 program has applied for a Grant in order to secure their survival.  I know these funds couldn't go to a better organization.  As a parent, we want to do things with our kids to keep them off the streets and away from violence and drugs.  This is how my family does it, and I don't have to sit on the sidelines watching him play soccer on weekends.  We ride together, camp, talk, learn, and sit around camp fires. Rescue 3 makes sure we get back to work/school on Monday safely. Please consider their needs to maintain a healthy program by offering them the Grant funds for which they have applied for. [Darrell Caddy - 3/14/09]

 Please consider this my letter of support for Rescue 3 Inc, Barstow, California (R3). As a multigenerational enthusiast of the Southern California desert area I am grateful for the efforts of the many volunteer members of R3 and their overall organization.

R3 serves a geographical area and clientele that is undeserved by traditional paid Search And Rescue (SAR) offered by the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provided by the San Bernardino County Fire Department. To that end they perform a duty and assume a great responsibility purely out of the enjoyment of service fellow OFF ROAD ENTHUSIASTS like myself and my family.

I know of no other volunteer Medical/Rescue organization with such a lengthy record spanning decades of service and has such a well recognized reputation of professionalism and dedication. I offer my opinion not only as a citizen who's family has personally be assisted by R3 but as a Fire Captain serving in Southern California. I have spoken to many leaders of nearby organizations both public and private who also share the opinion that R3 is vitally important to the community in providing immediate victim location & 1st Responder medical assistance.

I find it noteworthy that this organization in it's almost 40 years of existence has never received any support from Government coffers. Quite a task, especially considering the equipment, training, insurance and operational costs this organization must raise to carry out their duty.

I would ask when considerations are made this year on funding the various agencies who have requested grant funds that R3 be placed at the top of your list. Certainly no other agency can boast of a level of service, TO CITIZINS OF THE OFF ROAD COMMUNITY THAT PROVIDED THE FUNDS YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO ALLOCATE. All this without ever seeking public funds. Your funding the grant request by R3 will provide my family a piece of mind should a medical emergency occur while recreating on public lands. I can't think of a more deserving organization for my OHV contributions. [Steve Sillings - 3/14/09]

 I am a mom of a now ( Thank God) 17 year old son that loves to race District 37 Desert races. His first race was on Jan. 27, 2008, as a beginner. He only did one loop for the first race ( 40 miles) and when I saw his dirty face finish, I was so thankful to God for keeping him safe. Well fast forward to ( I think) the Badgers Race in Red Mountain on ( of all days) Mother's Day May 11, 2008. It was a scramble, so only 11 - 13 mile loops. The riders came by on the first loop, no Kyle, I thought o.k. no big deal, but when I saw the slower kids from our club, I knew something was wrong. I walked up to the man at the check - who told me to quit over reacting, when I asked if he had heard about any trouble. He told me to "just calm down mom", nobody had called in with any injuries so just sit there basically and wait - I did wait for about 45 minutes, when the racers came around again ( Novice) a man from our club grabbed his sons handlebars and asked him where Kyle was. He said Kyle was in the Ambulance and that they were taking him some where !! The man at the check kind of back peddled and said that no one had told him. Later, we found that most of the checks couldn't get reception, so they couldn't be heard anyway.

There was a lady EMT in her pink riding gear on her Quad that met me back at camp along with the ambulance. She told me that Kyle had crashed pretty hard, got a concusion, and a possible hip injury. When I looked in to the ambulance, Kyle's face reminded me of when he was about 4 years old on Christmas morning !!! He had no idea where he was, but was just happy to be there. The temps that day were well in to the 90's. Had Rescue 3 not been there, what would have happened? When would any of the Badgers been notified that my son was missing?

Not only do they risk everything for my son to be able to do what he loves, but the next time (a few months later) Kyle raced, that same lady on the Quad pulled up next to me at the finish, and before Kyle finished the race said to me " He did really good today". I had no idea until later she had followed him around the loop to keep an eye on him, because she had remembered how bad he had been hurt !!! THAT IS DEDICATION !! I might be a blubbering idiot, but I'm a mom, it's allowed.

We need Rescue 3 and their resources at every event District 37 does, not just for the safety of the riders, but just as much for the peace of mind for all of those moms too. [Nancy Mangels - 3/12/09]

 I am new to D37 off road competition and in my short time I have noticed that Rescue Three is a very important part of our racing community. I feel they should be given a grant based on their service, professionalism and dedication as unpaid volunteers. At a recent event they were called upon to help two injured riders that were not part of our event as cell phones would not work in that area Rescue Three was only able to contact the air rescue medical copter by radio. I feel if Rescue Three was not there to help these riders it would have taken an hour or more to get help to them. They spend countless hours helping downed riders and all at their own expense. Please help them continue their good work. Thank you. [George Green - 3/9/09]

 My name is Scott Mitchell and being a member of District 37 I strongly support the efforts of R3 and urge you to consider the grant applied for by the R3 organization.

Spending twenty plus weekends annually with my family in the desert off road communities it is re-assuring to have the volunteers from the R3 organization available in the unfortunate event that the need for their services arises. The safety and welfare that this group of individuals brings to the off road community is a valuable asset to the sport due to their selfless dedication they provide to the OHV areas.

My son was injured last year and required the services of R3 and I can definitely say this is a professional team of volunteers.

I have seen R3 countless times in action whether it be a trek off into the middle of the night to locate lost riders when the temperatures were dropping, or rescue of an injured rider, to a family member in need of assistance in camp.

Lastly I thank R3 for your efforts, and fully agree with this grant to make the off road community a safer place for my family and others to enjoy. [Scott Mitchell - 3/6/09]

 I am writing to you today to voice my support for the above mentioned grant benefiting "Rescue 3", a non profit volunteer organization that operates in the Southern California desert.

While I don't consider off road travel to be inherently dangerous it does have some inherent risks which are compounded by the remote locations, difficult access and lack of cell phone coverage. As with any sport, competition increases the risk as people push themselves to their limits, and sometimes beyond.

Other sports, such as football, also have inherent risks. When my son played high school football there were always paramedics and an ambulance standing by in case someone was hurt. A trained medical responder was never more than 100 yards away.

Off road competitions are an entirely different situation. While it is common to have an ambulance standing by at the main "pits" of a competitive event it is of minimal use as the location of an injury can be miles away and in a spot that a typical ambulance could not navigate to.

Rescue 3 is an organization that provides first responder services to such remote and difficult to access locations. I have seen their presence at a majority of the off road competitive events that I have attended, either as a participant or spectator. Their presence is always appreciated by the entrants and many times their services have been essential to a desirable outcome to an accident.

I implore you to approve the grant to provide this outstanding organization additional funding. I submit that it is money well spent as their services relieves some of the burden from other more traditional rescue operations. [Rod McInnis - 3/5/09]

 I am a rapid response rider for Rescue 3. I started about 3 years ago after leaving the Ski Patrol. Not to take anything away from the Ski Patrol but the services we provide and level we do it at rival such a nationally supported organization.

Like many of my fellow rescuers I have never been a medical professional or paid rescuer. Most of us went to EMT school after joining R3. Upon arriving to some serious injuries with only myself, a partner and 10 miles of desert between us and the nearest ambulance, I decided I wanted to be better trained. Part of being better trained for me is keeping my certifications current. This weekend I am attending a PHTLS (pre hospital trauma life support) class at UCLA. The cost of the class including the book is $300 and since I live several hours from L.A. I have fuel, lodging and meals to consider. I am taking the class for 2 reasons. First trauma is typically what we deal with and secondly I need continuing education to maintain my EMT national registry certification.

I told a friend of mine what I was doing this weekend and how much it cost. His response was "you do all that just so you can work for free". Well the answer is yes and no. We could support R3 with minimal training but most of us don't. We are constantly trying to improve ourselves and the organization we serve. So as a member of R3 I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my letter and your consideration for grant support. [Jeff St.Louis - 3/5/09]

 I am Tom Materna and I ride motorcycles off road and also race District 37 events. Rescue 3 adds a high level of security when things go wrong. They have brought back my friends who could not ride and delivered the motorcycles so we could get both home. I have reported downed riders and heard they got to them quickly and rendered aid. They have provided wonderful first aid to my friends and packed them up for the trip to the hospital. If I crash in the future I hope that they are still viable and will be able to come to my aid. When we lost a rider and needed to look for him they provided radios and ran the command post. Being able to communicate in this huge desert got everyone back to camp just before dark. Having a friend lost all day was bad enough not having him lost over night was a blessing. Please provide the assistance the wonderful group needs to meet the demands of the task they perform; providing a safety net for off road recreation in the huge deserts of California.

Unfortunately I have heard the sound of mercy air coming into the desert to air lift someone critically out too often. Without Rescue 3 I can only imagine that this would have been a tragedy not one of recovery. I have heard wonderful stories of rescue 3 helping hapless individuals who came to the desert unprepared and unknowing only to put themselves and others in harm’s way.

Please keep their wings on them they are heaven sent. [Tom Materna - 3/4/09]

 How exciting to hear this volunteer group taking action to obtain funding for training and support of a volunteer service. Clearly, the services offered have the potential to save lives and reduce poor outcomes from injuries suffered by recreational enthusiasts. Talk about the opportunity to reduce today's health care costs. Well done Rescue 3.

Rescue 3 has clearly established itself as a long standing legitimate volunteer organization where its primary goal to aid injured OHV enthusiasts. Their services are typically in remote OHV riding areas where emergency care becomes incredibly valuable to a trauma patient. Consider their services as an extension of the public safety services we take for granted when we're living our daily lives in populated areas.

With our economy in such bad state, I suspect everyone is battling for dollars and I'm sure they think their needs are the most important. You have a important role deciding where these funds should go. I hope Rescue 3, a long standing volunteer group, who provide medical aid to injured riders in remote areas where first aid is hours away, gets a good hard look as being one of the worthy benefactors of this grant. Without a doubt, we're talking about an impact of saving lifes.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. [Gerald Fogel - 3/4/09]

 My name is Mike Grady and I am a current member of Rescue 3. I have raced District 37 in the past and I am a current volunteer with the State Of California OHV Park Patrol in Hungry Valley California.

I dedicate at least one Sunday a month to both Rescue 3 and the Hungry Valley Volunteer Patrol. I am a licensed EMT and I travel on average about 300 miles per event per day.

I am writing you to tell you that in my humble opinion Rescue 3 does make a difference to those out there using the OHV parks for both pleasure and to race.

I have been on many calls and handled many injuries from minor scrapes and bruises to major life threatening injuries. I have worked with Fire, Police, BLM, Rangers and Mercy Air on numerous occasions as well as multiple ambulance companies.

I started riding off road motorcycles in 1970 and would be considered experienced off road rider. I work with 3 Fire Departments (Redondo Beach, Los Angeles and Torrance) as a volunteer with their CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) and I volunteer with the Red Cross as a shelter manager/worker and instructor in First Aid, CPR and AED.

I am the team leader of the Redondo Beach Riptides Competition Emergency Response Team who is the current champions of the BICEPP Emergency Response Team Competition.

The point is that as much as I love what I do I am only as good as my teammates and the equipment we have on hand. I have been lost in the desert during wind and dust storms with a broken GPS and only a radio to help me find my way home. I have been on many calls looking for riders that were injured with limited communications. I have gotten to calls without having all the medical equipment that could have helped me make better diagnostics and or treatments.

The most important thing is that I have been out with Rescue 3 with limited team members to handle multiple calls. More than once my radio has been going off with critical calls stacked up and all I could do was take one call at a time while we contacted Mercy Air to come assist with critical patients and all our other units were already tending to other calls.

We cover races that will often be over 85 miles and it is critical to our mission that we have units at each checkpoint around the designated course. It is critical that these units are fully equipped and capable of transversing the harsh terrain. In the current economy it has put a real strain on our members not having the funds to attend all the races they would like including myself. It has also left us with broken response vehicles that we just can’t afford to fix and have ready for every race.

This Grant if accepted will help fund the cost that our volunteers' need to ensure we have safe and reliable communications, vehicles, equipment and the numbers to properly serve the off road community. [Mike Grady - 3/4/09]