Comments by urbanchicken

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Posted on June 23 at 10:39 a.m.

Just don't get lost or injured in these designated areas because it's going to take a really, really long time for search and rescue to come get you. That's right folks, this ban also applies to them! Unfortunately, there is no exemption for life-threatening situations and search and rescue cannot use their vehicles or ATV's to rescue you.

On Making the Los Padres Even More Wild

Posted on June 14 at 8:48 a.m.

By design, CEQA does not require analysis of economic this group is likely wasting their time trying to attack the project on that front. This is an unfortunate outcome. The creek restoration project has been one of the main objectives of Old Town redevelopment long before the City incorporated. I certainly hope the City and the affected property owners can find a solution rather than digging their heels in any further.

On Old Town Business Owners Rethink Redevelopment

Posted on September 2 at 9:06 p.m.

I must have read a different press release than you did. I wasn't able to find the references you cited. Although now that you mention it, I do remember seeing some kind of press release or article that stated Riley was the "only" SAR dog in the county and yup, it pissed me off. A lot. That's the kind of stuff I was referring to as their PR machine. While Riley may be the only disaster dog in the County, during my time there we had three certified, highly trained dogs serving the county. So yeah, I hear you on that one...

We never jointly responded to a call with the previous disaster dog wth the exception of La Conchita. Our dogs were sent to La Conchita, however we elected not to work because we really weren't the appropriate resource. I don't recall if the County Fire dog worked or not. I believe their current dog responded to the 154 crash, but also don't know if the dog actually was deployed.

Thanks again for the support.

On Fire Ball Cocktail Party

Posted on September 2 at 3:47 p.m.

I read with interest your comments on County Fire misrepresenting their SAR dog's abilities within their press release. I read the release dated 5/26/10 and no where did I see them allege that their dog is anything but a disaster dog.

As a former member of SBCSAR and the proud handler of a certified wilderness SAR dog, I can attest to the value of a disaster dog. Without question, disaster dogs deploy very infrequently (thank heavens). However, when needed, they are an invaluable resource. The FEMA tests required of both handler and K9 are demanding and are valid. Virtually all disaster dogs are a mutual aid resource, meaning they travel far and wide responding to disasters. The fact that their dogs haven't served SB County is probably fairly typical...

That being said, I appreciate your support of the local SAR team and wilderness SAR dogs. We train diligently on our own time and on our own dime. In contrast to disaster dogs, wilderness dogs are deployed all the time-all of which is funded by us, the volunteer handler.

That also being said, I would be extremely dismayed if Fire is, in any way, representing that Riley is anything but a disaster dog. Having been involved in SB County SAR for several years, I can attest to the Fire PR "machine" and have seen it in action many times. While their PR efforts are sometimes pretty frustrating to witness and deal with, I can understand their excitement at having a certified FEMA dog.

Last thought and shameless plug: I would encourage anyone interested in learing more about wilderness SAR dogs or SBCSAR in particular, to check out their They are always in need of donations, are an all-volunteer organization and can always use the extra help!

On Fire Ball Cocktail Party

Posted on March 26 at 10:40 a.m.

Was your comment directed to my post? If so, I have no idea who sevendolphins is...the point of my post was that the bridge recoveries pose a significant threat to the people who are called upon to respond-which includes volunteers (as was my case). So, I support something which has the potential to reduce the suicide rate. Obviously, nothing can entirely prevent someone who is determined...Beyond the physical dangers of carrying out these recoveries, they are mentally anguishing to deal with and have a long lasting impact on those of us who carry out this sad task.

On Suicide Barrier Contract Awarded

Posted on March 26 at 9:30 a.m.

As someone who has personally participated in a number of body recoveries from this bridge, I can attest to how dangerous this bridge is for emergency personnel. I have seen many scary and dangerous situations arise out of conducting these missions-both for paid and volunteer personnel. While I'm not well versed in the statistics regarding the effectiveness of these barriers, I do believe they could help curtail a significant portion of the suicides. And if this translates into greater safety for our EMS personnel and puts responders at less risk, then I support it.

On Suicide Barrier Contract Awarded

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