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Rescue 3 Inc.

Hello- My name is Chris Kallen and I have been an active motocycle desert racer for firty two years. I have been a member of  Desert Motorcycle Club since 1983. On april 25 2010 I was involved in a accident at the Vikings national motorcycle race. On Saturday night before the race, my best friend of over fifty years and I were camping in a trailer and using a propane heater. That night as we slept the heater malfunctioned and filled the trailer with carbon monoxide fumes. The next mourning, when our club saw we were not up by 8:00 a.m., they went to my trailer and opened the door and found us both unconious. My club members ran to rescue three and got them to respond to our camp. Once R-3 was there they got both of us out of the trailer and went to work on both of us! Unfortuately for my friend, it was to late and he had passed away. Some how, R-3 along wtih the help of the ambulance crew were able to revive me!! I was airlifted to Loma Linda hospital and went thru a week of hyperbarrick chamber treatments and I was able to make a 100% recovery! I feel that if Rescue Three had not been on the scene that day that I would not be here!! They are so impo rtant to our sport not only for the racers, but all the people who come out to the races. They rescue us and save lives!! Since they are !00% a volenteer group, they need all the financial help they can get for supplies and equipment!! They are more than deserving of a grant!! Please allow them to recieve the grant! [Chris Kallen - 4/2/12]


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This is also one of those organizations like Kern County Rescue that will stop at nothing to help an injured visitor in the desert.  We honor them for there dedication.  7500 volunteer hours is very credible. 
 
Equipment purchase
I am very concerned by all this equipment purchase, not only by this
grantee but others.  when you have a volunteer organization, most of the time they use their personal equipment, that way it is kept up to date. When you start buying equipment, then it has a tendencies to being not cared for.   How much OHV equipment has been purchased, Wheels vehicles, not medical by this group?
 
One computer is fine, and radios, is always an issue, Ok with that.  
 
Trailer, here again, just about everyone has trailer, is this the first one being purchased?   
 
UTV again, an issue of how many is enough>   The more equipment you purchase the harder it is going to be to keep track of all this, and then issue who will pull it, who will store it,
 
The beauty  of the system now is that you have volunteers and they bring their own, that is the perfect set up, when you start spending money on OHV equipment, it is all over the place.   I have worry about that.
 
I would much rather you have all the medical supplies you need, repeaters, radios etc to help those that really need it.   
 
I support the grant but have concerns about the equipment. (I made same comments for others doing the same work in other areas of the desert.) [Ed Waldheim - 4/2/12]



The Rescue 3 Safety grant provides a great benefit to off-road recreation and should be funded as fully as possible. [Ed Stovin, CORVA - 4/1/12]

I have some serious concerns with the proposed Safety grant application from Rescue 3.
 
First let me say that I am a lifelong OHV and motorcycle enthusiast and a fan of organized race events.  I fully support the mission of OHMVR Division and am grateful for the Division’s role in supporting and sustaining motorized off highway recreational opportunities throughout California.
 
The OHMVR Division’s grant process was revamped in 2008 with the passage of Senate Bill 742.  Further definitions and restrictions are defined in the Public Resources Code (PRC).  For example, PRC Section 5090.50 states with regard to Education and Safety grants that a safety grant must “provide safety programs associated with off-highway motor vehicle recreation”.
 
My concerns are about the proposed use of OHV Trust Fund money for the support of organized race events.  Organized race events are attended by paying attendees, generate a large amount of cash flow for the organizers, and have nothing to do with “OHV Recreation” that the OHMVR Division’s Grants and Cooperative agreement program is intended to support.
 
I have read the safety grant application for Rescue 3 and while I have no doubt that Rescue 3 provides a valuable and much needed service to AMA District 37 race events, I do not feel that the OHV Trust Fund should be paying to equip their entire operation.
 
Simply put, organized motorcycle race events are not and cannot be construed as a form of “OHV Recreation” pursuant to the intent of PRC Code 5090.50.  Any funding to support such organized race events would constitute an illegal use of OHV Trust funds.
 
Thank you for your consideration. [Jon Baker - 3/23/12]

Please give Rescue 3 the grant that they applied for. They are Angels. On June 13, 2010 I had a very serious motorcycle accident while participating in an off highway event. My hip was destroyed. The care provided me by these volunteers was fantastic.They prevented excessive pain by careful handling and provided very professional first aid.In my opinion they may have prevented additional damage.They use their own vehicles as rescue vehicles in mostly very rugged terrain. I have also received treatment from rescue 3 for minor injuries too. I hope that you give them every consideration for this funding. [Thomas Warren Edmonds - 3/22/12]

On 03-09-2012 R3 responded on a Friday nite to my friend and fellow club member Sonny Mercer. R3 is there for us on race day but will respond anytime they are needed. They quickly responded an air ambulance and did whay they could, there was no ALS in the desert with us at that time. I arrived about 2/3s of the way through this event and saw the looks from my friends in HBMC and R3. Mercy Air was on the ground by this time and the R3 members where working with them. They did not have to be there but where and did what they could.

Rescue 3 will help anyone, anytime, anywhere by volunteering their time, equipment, trucks and OHV vehicles. If R3 was not in the desert for us, the outcome of our own doings would certainly be worse and quality of life be less. This was an event that required R3 to respond outside of the race day events and they worked as true professionals and friends. Thank You. [Andrew McDaniel-O911x - 3/21/12]


I would like to recommend that Rescue 3 receive a grant for funding. My husband and I are desert racers with the 100's MC, and deeply appreciate the support that Rescue 3 provides. They give desert racers a priceless sense of security. They are always present and professional at every race I have been to. They are a integral part of the racing community. Please support Rescue 3. [Gen Lourenco - 3/21/12]

Just wanted to let everyone know of my experience with Rescue 3. I am a 45 year old District 37 member with lifelong membership in Prairie Dogs M.C. I have been racing for over thirty years and have had my fair share of crashes, knowing that Rescue 3 is on site is a load off my shoulders as I am confident that I will be taken care of. Recently I broke my leg out at a race and they were on scene in minutes to get me splinted up and back to camp. In my younger years they also were there for me on a high speed crash well racing and Thank God for them one more time as I was in and out of counsciness and with a broken wrist. Transported  back to camp and whisked off via ambulance to Hospital. It is imperative that Rescue 3 be out at all of our races as we need their expertise and help. Thank you, [Lindsay Smith - 3/21/12]

My Name is Jason Johnston I am a flight paramedic and supervisor for Mercy Air, I am assigned to San Bernardino County.  I have worked closely with Rescue for the past 5 years and have ran several of calls with them during that time.  I think that Rescue 3 is a great asset to the off road community, every time our agency runs a call with them we know that all aspects of the call will be organized, safe and the patient is in good hands.  For being a "volunteer agency" all calls ran by them are better organized and safer than several paid organizations I have ran with in my career.  Our organization is all about safety and patient care, when we are being requested to a call by Rescue 3 we can rest assured that the landing zone is safe, organized, and that we will not be in harms way.  Patients are in the greatest of hands with these volunteer first responders, please pass this along to them for me.  Mercy Air is proud to work with and be part of the Rescue 3 community and look forward to continuing to work with them in the future. [Jason C Johnston EMT-P - 3/21/12]

Rescue 3 helped me at a poker run over at slash X probably 5 or 6 years ago. There was a drop off and I grabbed the front brake instead of the gas and well, you know what happened.

They had me up, my bike up, they were screwing my helmet visor back on checking me to make sure I was ok. I couldn't believe all those people were so quick to help me. They sure made a difference too. I had broken a rib and got banged up a little but was fine to ride back to camp. I have been a fan of rescue 3 ever since. [Kelli Calassa - 3/21/12]


The professionals involved in Rescue 3 are an integral part of the Southern California Off-Road scene. They are highly trained and highly skilled individuals that have came to my aid several times over the past 30 years. They are THE most deserving group for grant funds that I can imagine.

In 1983 I was involved in a horrific motorcycle crash at the Red Mt. area in which I broke both legs. The volunteers from Rescue 3 were at my side within 5 minutes of my crash. Very professional. Very caring. VERY deserving of funding.

Two weeks ago I was camping with friends in the North Anderson staging area on a Friday afternoon when one of my friends collapsed from a massive heart attack. He did not survive the attack but the folks from Rescue 3 did everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, within their power to save his life. They are truly angels in the dust.

I have enjoyed OHV activities in California since I was a young child and have nothing but fond memories of Rescue 3. They are there when you need them. The OHV community is safer with them there and frankly I can not imagine what it would be like if they were not. Please continue to fund this most deserving of all volunteer organizations. [Joseph J. Tabush - 3/20/12]


This group has been doing a wonderful job providing medical support for many events in the California Desert.  The Society for the Protection and Care of Wildlife is happy to support the funding of this Grant Request. [H. Marie Brashear, President - 3/20/12]

I am writing to you in support of the OHV Grant funding request by Rescue 3.  After nearly 30 years of service, I just retired from the California Highway Patrol on Friday March 16, 2012.   My rank at retirement was Lieutenant assigned as the Commander of the Arrowhead Area in the San Bernardino Mountains.  I am a regular visitor to the CA desert and have previously raced off-road motorcycles.   I have personally observed the men and women who volunteer as members of Rescue 3 provide competent medical aid.  I encourage you to support Rescue 3’s proposed grant request. 

Although I have never needed Rescue 3’s assistance during an event, I fell while play riding in Stoddard Wells four years ago.  It was the day before a race, and Rescue 3 members performed a primary and secondary survey, splinted my wrist and provided an ice-pack, before recommending I have it examined at Barstow Community Hospital.  They also provided directions on the smoothest route back to camp and the hospital.  After six weeks in a cast, I was back working full duty and enjoying the desert on my days off.

It is important to note that these individuals are not paid and volunteer their services to anyone in the desert when they are present. I have also observed Rescue 3 members providing medical aid and traffic control prior to the arrival of emergency responders on US 395 and I-15 on more than one occasion.  These people care about human life.  During emergencies, some people run the other way; Rescue 3 members move forward into action and work as a team to save lives.

Similarly, I have observed Rescue 3 provide CPR and save a life, stop severe bleeding from severed digits, carry injured people on back boards up hillsides so air support could transport.    Moreover, they have teamed up and trained with both Mercy Air Rescue and the CHP Inland Division Special Service Air Operations Unit in order to better serve injured people in the desert.    If it were not for Rescue 3, San Bernardino County Fire, and Sheriff’s Department, Bureau of Land Management, and/or the California Highway Patrol would be called upon to provide the medical aid.  As you are well aware, all of these agencies are currently experiencing budget cuts.  Rescue 3 volunteers reduce unnecessary response costs at least 33 weekends per year at no cost to taxpayers.

In closing, I ask that you please support Rescue 3’s Grant request.  The entire Off-highway community and visitors to the desert will greatly benefit from this request. [Rick Sanders - 3/20/12]


The professionals involved in Rescue 3 are an integral part of the Southern California Off-Road scene. They are highly trained and highly skilled individuals that have came to my aid several times over the past 30 years. They are THE most deserving group for grant funds that I can imagine.

In 1983 I was involved in a horrific motorcycle crash at the Red Mt. area in which I broke both legs. The volunteers from Rescue 3 were at my side within 5 minutes of my crash. Very professional. Very caring. VERY deserving of funding.

Two weeks ago I was camping with friends in the North Anderson staging area on a Friday afternoon when one of my friends collapsed from a massive heart attack. He did not survive the attack but the folks from Rescue 3 did everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, within their power to save his life. They are truly angels in the dust.

I have enjoyed OHV activities in California since I was a young child and have nothing but fond memories of Rescue 3. They are there when you need them. The OHV community is safer with them there and frankly I can not imagine what it would be like if they were not. Please continue to fund this most deserving of all volunteer organizations. [Joseph J. Tabush - 3/20/12]


Rescue 3 and I have had quite a relationship over the last few years. I hate to think about the fact that I’ve had to see them a “few” times, but the thought that comforts me is that they are there to help me.

I can sit hear and tell you about all my race crashes and how Rescue 3 has saved my bacon time and time again, but the one story that really comes to mind was an off weekend when I was just out play riding, had a good tumble, and was so extremely lucky they were there.

I’m proud to say I’m a desert racing knucklehead, but the downside to that is I have tendancy to not admit how hurt I really am. I had taken my tumble out in Johnson Valley and apparently (Sorry its been a couple years and concussions so its not 100% clear anymore) Rescue 3 was out there just because.

I knew I had banged up my head, shoulder, and ribs; but little did I know I had MAJOR internal injuries. Were it not for the nice, calm reasoning of a Rescue 3 person, I would have continued the rest of my weekend and not gotten checked out till Monday like usual. The R3 paramedic let me know how messed up I was and that I was in some serious trouble. An hour later I was in the hospital and it’s a lucky thing. I ended up in surgery to fix a lacerated spleen, as well as several other internal bleeds. Had it not been for R3 being out there on a random weekend, and their ability to diagnose and convince me of the severity of my injuries, I would have died.

Thank you Rescue 3, not only as lifesavers, but as selfless individuals who go above and beyond to help their fellow man in some of the worst times. [Ty McPherson - 3/15/12]