The UVWRT is a member of the Dartmouth Medical School Community Service Committee with a not-for-profit IRS registration under section 501-c-(3). UVWRT is also a member organization of the Vermont Search and Rescue Association and the New Hampshire White Mountains Search and Rescue Working Group. The team is available for callout to any location within a 3 hour travel radius, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This area includes the Upper Connecticut River Valley region, the White Mountains, as well as most of New Hampshire and Vermont. With advanced notification, the team is available to respond to more distant locations.
The UVWRT currently has approximately 30 active volunteer members who are trained in SAR operations and are prepared to be self-sufficient in a wilderness environment for 24 hours without re-supply. Many members are active EMS personnel, and all are well-versed in outdoor skills. Training sessions are geared towards all members attaining and exceeding the standards of the NASAR SAR Technician II and III level.
The team has streamlined its activation procedures, and aims to depart for the scene immediately after a callout request. This increased efficiency is due in part to the utilization of the One Call Now phone service and the generosity of Central Vermont Communications and their donation of pager service to team personnel.
While the team’s primary focus is wilderness search and rescue, we are available to respond to any need for organized emergency manpower. The secondary purpose of UVWRT is to provide the community with a source of education and outreach for information and instruction in areas related to search and rescue.
Team Leader – Scott Carpenter
Executive Officer – Eric Bivona
Dispatch Officer – Jan Largent
Training Officer – Tom Frawley
New Member Officer – Eric Lindgren
Safety Officer – Jim Mason
Medical Director – Dr. Tom Trimarco
Equipment Officer – Tom Frawley
Membership Officer/Secretary – Chris Northrop
Treasurer – Tony Gove
In case of emergency dial 911. To contact UVWRT, call (802) 747-2239. After the tone, enter your call back phone number and an officer will return your call.
Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team
PO Box 68
Hanover, NH 03755
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