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Los Exploradores Search & Rescue, Inc.

Please approve for funding the Grant to Lesar here in District 38.  This program allows racers and off road riders the ability to know that there are trained professionals in Southern California’s Deserts that provide high quality care with a quick response time.  This grant would assist them to maintain their equipment, personnel and services that they now provide to our district during all of our races.  They assist all  OHV users in all types of extreme terrain and remote locations. Thank you for your time and consideration. [Judy Bohlen - 3/21/13]


I have reviewed LESARs grant proposal and would like to add my support for their proposal.

I have been involved in desert recreation for more than 25 years. Expanding LESARS presents in our desert is a very important issue for me. My son was injured last year and was treated  for injuries sustained during recreational activity in the Plaster City area. He was cared for then given to the ambulance and transported to the ER. His care was extraordinary!

I feel that having professionals in the area make our recreation safer and more fun. [Dave Hainline - 3/21/13]


I am writing you about the Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program and the specific grant around GCA-12. I truly hope you consider granting the Los Exploradores Search and Rescue, Inc. a portion of this fund as they are a very deserving group that continually goes beyond the call of duty with little or no financial support and many of their members drive long distances to events. These groups of dedicated people that support us in our AMA D38 desert racing but also are out there on off weekends supporting the OHV community along with so many others that use the park including Jeep clubs, Rock Hounds and hikers. They come out when search and rescue is also offering rescue aid and medical services when needed.

The Los Exploradores Search and Rescue, Inc. group has become a well-recognized group of dedicated individuals that go all over Imperial and San Diego counties to help not only the Off-Road community but the Outdoor community. They have some upgrades needed to aid in continuing the support they offer and continuing or expanding the grant they receive would truly help those communities that have been hit so hard by the economy. I truly hope you consider them in your reviews and distribution. [David Kendrick - 3/21/13]


I would like to take a moment of your time to express, not only my appreciation of LESAR, but also my hope that they will be awarded the grant that they are seeking. 

LESAR has been a presence at the desert for many years that I have been going.  I frequent the Superstition and Plaster City/Painted Gorge areas on a regular basis from September – April.  I have been aided by LESAR when I have crashed during a race and seen LESAR helping others on regular weekends in the desert when no race was occurring.  As the economy has tightened its belt, LESAR has continued to bring it’s people and supplies to the desert, always there to help those in need.  As a non-profit organization, I’m sure that the funds would be put to good use to help out, not only desert racers, but the off-road community as a whole.

LESAR has repeatedly expressed interest in being able to provide support outside of the District 38 races for the entire weekend, as opposed to one day events.  The funds requested in this grant would help LESAR purchase and maintain much needed equipment, such as a side by side utility vehicle that could access more remote trails at both Superstition and Plaster City off road areas.  I truly believe that this grant could not go to a better organization, where it’s funds would make an immediate impact on the safety of, not only racers, but the entire desert community.  Please consider this note a personal reference for all of the LESAR team. [Steven W. Scates - 3/22/13]


I think expanding LESAR's presence out in the dez would be nothing but a good thing. They bailed me out last week at Plaster City when I broke down 5 miles from camp. Thanks again Rich. [Steve Prafke - 3/23/13]


LESAR's presence at District 38 races is invaluable. They are a professional group of trained emergency responders that attend all our events throughout the year. off road racing is a dangerous sport and we would not be able to operate without the help of LESAR.

The grant application ( "G12-04-48-S01" ) Will allow LESAR to improve and increase their ability to respond to emergencies in the Superstition and Plaster City OHV areas, not only for our events but for the OHV community in this area in general on the busy weekends. I would like to encourage the Ca. Parks Dept. to grant the request. [Kevin Cheney, President, Interstate 8 Dezert Racers Inc. - 3/24/13]


Please approve the grant that Los Exploradores Search And Rescue (LESAR) has submitted for. They provide a much needed service to the OHV user in the Superstition/Plaster City OHV areas. They are a group of 1st responders that is 2nd to none out in the desert where the nearest medical facility is over 25 miles away. They need this grant to provide much needed medical equipment along with transport equipment. So far they are only out for the day, but would like to expand their services for the entire weekend. The OHV community really needs a group like this with a facility to handle injuries quickly and efficiently. This grant would provide the means to be able to purchase the much needed equipment so they can provide the public with a much needed service in this area. [Kirk Hester - 3/26/13]


just got done reading your application for the OHV Grant......

I was impressed by the fact that you guys/gals have been a fixture since 1975. This definitely shows your passion and commitment for the desert community..... As you are well aware of the fact that racers will come and go (college, marriage, raising children, retirement, etc are all life altering milestones that often end or temporarily halt a persons desire to race) but LESAR always stays strong and well staffed. GOOD LUCK with your application, you are most deserving..... Thanks for checking on my 15 year old son who had a few scratches from a non racing incident last race weekend...... His mom appreciated the fact that he was checked over and had antiseptic applied as he had a few abrasions on hip, elbow, and his back... See you guys soon at the upcoming AMA D-38 race on April 7th. [Randy Engen - 3/27/13]


I was notified that Los Exploradores Search and Rescue (LESAR) has submitted their request for a Grant. LESAR has provided assistances to the  OHV users of Superstition/Plaster City area for several years. They respond to any all medical emergencies out in these OHV areas. Both Superstition and Plaster City have hard to reach areas and LESAR needs this grant to provide much needed medical and transportation equipment. Transportation equipment that can go where no ambulance can access (through soft sand, off camber rock areas and in deep washes).  The off-road vehicle community consists of complete family units (parents and children) who really need a group like this for the entire weekend to provide medical assistance quickly and efficiently and in many cases to transport the injured safely to a location where an ambulance is able to reach. I respectfully request that you seriously consider approving this grant to LESAR as a much needed public service. Please feel free to contact me at any time. [Debbie Hebert and family - 3/27/13]


Please approve the grant that LESAR is seeking. They provide an invaluable service to the off road community in the Plaster City/ Superstition OHV area. I would like to see them get funding so they can expand their services to more days with better equipment and transportation for injured people who use our desert. [Dan Barker - 3/27/13]


LESAR's presence at District 38 races is invaluable. They are a professional group of trained emergency responders that attend all our events throughout the year. off road racing is a dangerous sport and we would not be able to operate without the help of LESAR. The grant application ("G12-04-48-S01")

Will allow LESAR to improve and increase their ability to respond to emergencies in the Superstition and Plaster City OHV areas, not only for our events but for the OHV community in this area in general on the busy weekends. I would like to encourage the Ca. Parks Dept. to grant the request. [Kevin Cheney - 3/27/13]



Please approve the grant that Los Exploradores Search And Rescue (LESAR) has submitted for. They provide a much needed service to the OHV user in the Superstition/Plaster City OHV areas. They are a group of 1st responders that is 2nd to none out in the desert where the nearest medical facility is over 25 miles away. They need this grant to provide much needed medical equipment along with transport equipment. So far they are only out for the day, but would like to expand their services for the entire weekend. The OHV community really needs a group like this with a facility to handle injuries quickly and efficiently. This grant would provide the means to be able to purchase the much needed equipment so they can provide the public with a much needed service in this area. [Joseph Villasista - 3/27/13]


I have attached a letter in suport of Lesar getting the much needed grant money. Feel free to contact me with any question you may have. [Robert Niemela - 3/27/13]


Please approve the grant that Los Exploradores Search And Rescue (LESAR) has submitted. They provide a much needed service to the OHV user in the Superstition/Plaster City OHV areas. They are a group of 1st responders that is 2nd to none out in the OHV desert region where the nearest medical facility is over 25 miles away. The grant is needed to provide much needed medical equipment along with transport equipment. At this point they are only out for the day but, would like to expand their services for entire weekend posts. The OHV community really needs a group like this with a facility to handle injuries quickly and efficiently. This grant would provide the means to be able to purchase the needed equipment which enables LESAR to provide the public with a much needed service in our Superstition and Plaster City OHV areas. [Becky Estrada-McWane - 3/28/13]


I am a recovering District 38 racer and soon to be father, who is recovering from a couple of major injuries I sustained on an OHV earlier this year. I know first hand that Lesar can save lives and help in situations where others can't. Without Lesar's immediate attention, in two separate incidents, I could have very easily lost the use of both my right leg, the use of my left arm, or died from head trauma from being unconscious for a short period of time leaving my wife and unborn child. It is a dire necessity to have Lesar's expert CPR and first aid skills to help rescue people in need and save lives. The Off-Highway desert community is family-oriented, meaning, it's a place for gathering families together to embrace the love and devotion they have for one another. No one intends to get hurt on a OHV, but accidents do happen. It is extremely reassuring for families and individuals to know Lesar is on stand-by safeguarding the desert community, just as a police officer or fireman would in a city. I pray that Lesar will get the funding it needs to stay around for many years to come to continue to save other's lives just as they did mine. [Daniel Flowers - 3/29/13]