June 2023 SAR Skills Challenge The 2023 SAR Skills Challenge was held in beautiful weather on June 17 at Palmer Park. Getting instructions and preparing for the first task. Team Alpha receiving guidance on the first task of the exercise. Team Alpha heading to the first skill station. Team Alpha practicing their skills at a skill station. Team Alpha looking for the hidden instructions at a skill station. Team Alpha returning from a skill station. Team Bravo heading to a skill station. Team Bravo searching for the hidden instructions at skill station number 7. Team Bravo found the hidden instructions! Team Bravo opening the skill station instructions. Team Bravo starting a search. Team Bravo performing a search. Team Bravo returning from a skill station. Team Alpha preparing for the next assignment. Team Alpha starting a skills challenge at skill station 5. Team Alpha preparing their webbing at the “Swiss seat” skill station. Success! Team Alpha “wearing” their “Swiss seats”. Team Alpha escorting their mock medical emergency from the field. (No team members were harmed in the filming of this incident) Searches are conducted in all types of weather and environments. Some search subjects are “lost in the weeds”, so that’s where we look. Team Bravo learning how to store webbing after making “Swiss seats”. Team Alpha completed their tasks first, so they won the skills challenge. Rudy and Dan tied for the initial “pacing” challenge, and Rudy won the “pace off”. Team Bravo also completed all of their assigned tasks.