Board Meeting – July 2018

SDMRT Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

Monday 2 July 2018, 1830 at Strategic Operations, Board Room

Present: Richard Yocum, TJ Tischer, Francisco Villa, Will Pisarello, John Hatala, Hugo Bermudez

Non-board members present: Erin Rist, Kevin Litwin

Absent: Melissa Rexilius

Review, corrections, and approval of prior board meeting minutes from June 2018


Treasurer (TJ Tischer)

  1. May 2018 reports- approved

SDMRT Treasurer’s Report June 30, 2018

Checking & PayPal accounts 6/1/2018 $26,335.43

Cash receipts $264.00 A

Cash disbursements $0.00 B

Pager deposits -$400.00

$26,199.43 Net Team Cash

Stores Revenue (from May…deposited in June) $264.00 A

Cash disbursements $0.00 B

  1. Verizon service change
    1. Account on 3 month hold to save funds.
  2. Venmo or other alternative to PayPal
    1. Venmo account setup.
    2. Paypal account will remain active.
  3. NFP American Alternative Insurance Corp. General Liability insurance policy renewal upcoming
  4. Board voted to approve payment of up to $200 to NASAR to keep current on team dues.

Operations (Will Pisarello)

  1. Reports of operations and non-operations
  • Operations –
    1. 2018-06 Ocotillo Wells, Manuel Lizarraga, 6/22/18
      1. Report posted to and MRA
    2. 2018-07 Lemon Grove, Kaden Olvera, 6/30/18
      1. Report posted to and MRA
  • Nonoperations – none

Training (Hugo Bermudez)

  1. Training Committee:
    1. Next meeting: Prior to 7/11 team meeting.
    2. Training calendar under review. To be presented to board at August meeting.
    3. MRA online courses to be discussed at next committee meeting.
  2. Facilitating long-term trainee advancement to Rescue Member status – (Sharon)
  3. Tracking new recruits to field qualification:
    1. All recruits field qualified, or complete in all aspects except DSW approval.
    2. Waiting on DSW, will be resubmitted:
      1. Christopher Hill
      2. Nick McGuinness
      3. Will Pisarello
  4. Navigation field training – Debrief
    1. Excellent training.
  5. Mountain Climbing field trainings – Debrief
    1. Successful trips continue. Reports have been emailed to the lister, others pending.
  6. Personal Rock field training – Kevin Litwin training leader
    1. Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
    2. Fifth class climbing, anchors, escape the belay, ascending a rope
  7. Tech rope rescue courses (RRT-I and RRT-II) 8/18-26/18
    1. Hugo is in contact with Vance (SDSDAR) about whether there will be any class size limit. None as of now.
  8. Binational training with TJ Fire Department
    1. No update.
  9. USAR Training – new appointee from SDSDSAR
    1. No update.
  10. Idea for tech rescue FOG (field operating guide) – Bill, Adam, & Hugo interested
    1. No update


Resignations: Lori Rigsbee 6/28/18, Brenda Stevens 6/30/18

LOAs: Suhkyung Shin 4/26 through 10/25/18, Grayson Hough 5/27 through 8/17/18


  1. 7/28/18 0800-1500 SDSDAR All-units training/search, Harvey Moore Trailhead, Cuyamaca
    1. Will count as a SDMRT search attendance credit, but will not be penalized for not attending (bonus credit)
  2. 9/24/18 Monday SDSDSAR team business meeting followed by presentation “Managing an Unplanned Encounter of a Suicidal Subject” by Dave Hendron (consider asking Dave to present to SDMRT team meeting)
  3. MOU between SDMRT and Cleveland National Forest of USFS – Update – Richard
    1. Current MOU expires in September 2018.
    2. Will be rewritten with a 5yr term. Richard is pursuing.
  4. SDMRT Facebook pages – John and Eitan; Seattle MRT 70th anniversary
    1. John is collecting mountain climb photos.
  5. HPWren status update (Dennis Peck)
    1. Dennis has obtained equipment for testing
    2. Testing is pending. Hugo will update the board when new information is available.
  6. Cal OES out-of-county license for VHF SDMRT radio channel update (Dennis, TJ)
    1. No Update
  7. Outstanding returns of Sheriff ID cards: Lori Rigsbee


  1. Does our ops report template address all current ESRI reporting fields?
    1. Ops report template updated.
    2. Note that ESRI data is public and must be scrubbed of sensitive information.
  2. New member recruiting for 2018-2019 – Erin
    1. This year’s recruitment will incorporate items discussed at the MultiSAR OL Debrief meeting.
      1. Updated application
      2. Interview scoring standardization
      3. Interviews to be spread across 4 days, ending by 9pm each day, to prevent interviewer fatigue
    2. Recruitment poster to be completed and distributed at 7/11 team meeting.
    3. Board votes to approve $200 in total spending for interviewer meals.
  3. SDSDSAR ham radio license training, 11/3/18, 0815-1915, Vista United Methodist Church
  4. Consider risk assessment/decision-making process for SDMRT ops (e.g., http;//
    1. Board members to review and to be discussed at the August board meeting.

Adjourned 2020