Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade Personal Search & Rescue Equipment List
- Clothing 1-- Three layers (no cotton for any of the layers in the colder months. If cotton is worn in the warmer months, a change of something non-cotton must be taken with you in case you get wet):
- First layer = underwear, wicking (tops and bottoms); wool, poly-pro, silk or the like.
- Second layer = warmth (tops and bottoms); wool, fleece, or the like.
- Third layer = breathable wind and rain protection (tops and bottoms); goretex or the like.
- Footwear = sturdy, above the ankle, boots; type of boot depends on the season and conditions (i.e. Sorels for snowshoes, hiking boots, climbing boots, cross country ski boots, etc.); Wicking and warm socks (carry extra); gaiters are good for wet areas.
- Handwear = wicking, warm, wind and rain protection (carry extra); mittens are better than gloves.
- Headgear = warm and wind and rain protection (carry extra).
- 10 feet of tubular webbing 1
- Knife or ‘Leatherman’ type tool 1
- Matches in waterproof container and/or butane lighter 1
- Water, at least two quarts 1
- Water purifying equipment or materials 2
- Personal first aid kit (including any special medications) 1
- Have at least two light sources and extra batteries 1
- Sleeping bag, appropriate for season (no cotton)
- Pack (full, day, and fanny) 1,2
- Paper and pencil or pen 1
- Drivers license or other ID
- Protective eyewear (dark for day, clear for night)
- Shelter of some type; bivvy sack, tent, tarp
- Sleeping pad for insulation from ground cold and moisture
- Stove and fuel (at least one per team) with cooking and mess gear
- Portable radios (SAR and Fire Brigade frequencies) and spare batteries 3
- Climbing harness and carabiners 3
- Showshoes and ski poles or cross country skiis 2,3
- GPS and spare batteries 3
- Ziplock bags (small and large)
- Sewing and repair kits (for skiis, snowshoes, packs, etc.)
Bring everything to base camp. Choose appropriate gear and pack at that time, depending on the situation.
1. = Meets or exceeds PACE requirement
2. = Situation and/or season dependent
3. = Optional-to-own items. The Brigade has a few for team use.
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