Board Meeting | January 2018

SDMRT Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday, 8 January 2018, 1830 at Strategic Operations, Board Room

Called to order 1830. Attending: Richard Yocum, TJ Tischer, Francisco Villa, Will Pisarello, Melissa Rexilius, Tony Rolfe. Absent: John Hatala, Hugo Bermudez

Review, corrections, and approval of prior board meeting minutes from Dec 2017


Treasurer (TJ Tischer)

  1. Dec 2017 Report.

Treasurer’s Report

December 1, 2017

12/1/2017 29,044.76

Cash receipts 460.00 A

Cash disbursements (50.08) B

12/31/2017 29,454.68

Pager deposits (400.00)

Net Team Cash 29,054.68

Cash receipts

Team dues 460.00

Stores revenue (Held by K. Litvin until January 2018) 0.00

460.00 A

Cash disbursements

Verizon 50.08

50.08 B

  1. 2017 calendar year balance sheet and P&L statements, and Dec 2017 monthly report
    1. Available upon request from treasurer.
  2. MRA annual dues for 2018
    1. Paid in January 2018.
  3. Venmo alternative to PayPal
    1. Under investigation.

Operations (Will Pisarello)

  1. Reports of operations and non-operations
  • 2017-16 El Cajon, 12/24/17, Frank Taylor
    1. Report pending
  • 2017-17 Descanso, 12/30-31/17, Ronald Barnes
    1. Report posted to
  • Nonoperations – none
  1. Status of ESRI on-line reporting of ops stats to MRA

Training (Hugo Bermudez)

  1. Training Committee updates – 2018 membership and meetings
    1. Committee Members: Steve Herman, Melissa Rexilius, Hugo Bermudez, Sharon Fields, Lee Tamatsu, Terra Miller
  2. Tracking new recruits to field qualification spreadsheet (90-day deadline approaching 1/24/18)
    1. Reminder will be sent to recruits re NIMS, a couple pending DSWs, and field pack checks before the deadline
  3. Facilitating long-term trainee advancement to Rescue Member status – (Sharon Fields)
  4. 12/9/17 Supplemental Helitac training with USCG
    1. Successful. Future collaborations pending. Steve Herman in contact.
  5. 12/16/17 SAROps field training.
    1. Debrief to be at February board meeting.
  6. 1/6/18 SDSDSAR all-units training Julian.
    1. 0800-1900, 4 subjects, approximately 80 searchers & staff. Successful training in collaboration with SDSAR, State Park Rangers & Civil Air Patrol. 13SDMRT members in attendance.
    2. Richard to provide feedback from SDMRT to SDSAR.
  7. Upcoming 1/12-14/2018 Tech I field training in J Tree
  8. RMRU Winter Workshop on Tech Rescue all-day Sat, 1/20/18 Indian Cove Campground, J Tree
  9. MRA Recert 3/3/18, Alabama Hills – Status of preparations
  10. Sabir Rashid request for WFR extension to 5/20/18 – status update
    1. Update requested, still pending
  11. Binational training with TJ Fire Department
  12. USAR Training – new appointee from SDSDSAR
  13. Idea for tech rescue FOG (field operating guide) – Bill, Adam, & Hugo interested
  14. Hard Snow training location lodging. Baldy ski hut requires $20/person.
    1. Board approves motion to spend up to $600 on this lodging.


Resignations: Michael Fisher 1/1/18

LOAs: None


  1. MultiSAR field training debrief and new applicant selection process (Melissa) – Evening workshop to be scheduled
    1. Tentatively scheduled for first Ops Committee meeting of the year.
  2. ITC roles/responsibilities list of mutual aid – Richard
    1. Responsibilities list accepted by board, to be posted to
    2. Board to reach out to ITCs to gauge interest in remaining in their roles.
    3. New ITC recruiting as needed to have sufficient ITCs for callouts,
  3. MOU between SDMRT and Cleveland National Forest of USFS – Richard
    1. In progress – Richard
  1. Proposal to add Medical Plan to each field training (Eitan)
    1. Two versions proposed. To be reviewed in February,
  2. ProDeals & Vertical Hold opened to new trainees as of 1/1/2018 (Roland)
    1. Members list for MRA to be used as roster for pro-deals.
  1. SDMRT Facebook administrator – John Hatala
    1. No report
  2. HPWren status update (Mark Kenny),
    1. No update
  3. Cal OES out-of-county license for VHF SDMRT radio channel status update (Dennis, TJ)
    1. No update
  4. Fundraising offer from Mitch’s wife- John Hatala
    1. No update
  5. Outstanding returns of Sheriff ID cards: Michael Fisher, and additional returns by Hugo to Fred
    1. No update
  6. Medical certifications for EMTs – Richard
    1. In progress


  1. 2017 annual attendance review & probation letters
    1. Board voted on probation status of all members with deficient attendance in 2017. Letters to inform members in process.
  2. SDSDSAR Yahoo group emails discussed. Currently about 20 SDMRT members in group. Richard will present the required “opt in” offer to the team, and then communicate list to Eric Hannigan.
  3. Approved $31 reimbursement to Tony for coffee at MRA recert Mar 2017.

Adjourned 2108.