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Tyler OEM Christmas Party & Training

Hello everyone,

The Tyler OEM Christmas Party will be at the Middlebourne Senior Center Banquet Room Friday, December 8th at 6:00pm. As always, it will be a covered dish dinner with ham being provided. After the dinner we will have a yankee gift exchange ($10 value). (For Friday night we are expecting mostly cloudy, with a low around 20). In the past we have always posted the menu on the website As many of you have noticed the site is down. I’ve been working on it but have not yet been successful. Sorry.

Our SAR field training/exercise will be on the following Saturday morning December 9th starting at 10:00am. Dr Sarah Frances McClure will be going over “Hypothermia”. After this we will working with the GPSs and tracking system using our new Garmin Basecamp software. We will be doing some indoor and outdoor exercises using these products. Because of the expected temperature we won’t be spending too much time outdoors. (Partly sunny, with a high near 34). I’ve not heard from the K9 handlers yet but they will be welcome to work with the dogs directly after this training. Just let me know what you all want to do and I’ll send it out to the group.

We will be training at a new location! For this training we will be working out of the new Arvilla Community Center. To get to this location you will;

Turn off Rt 2 onto Arvilla Road just north of the Tyler/Pleasants County line (just south of the Momentive plant)

Follow Arvilla Road all the way to the end of the double yellow lines (4 miles) and follow the road to the right across the new concrete bridge

Continue for another mile and you will see the community building on the right.

Thank you, I welcome your calls and emails!

Merry Christmas!

Tom Cooper

December Training/Party Update


I’ve had to make a change to our December calendar. I have booked the Middlebourne Senior Center Banquet Room for our Christmas Party for Friday, December 8th at 6:00pm.

Our SAR field training/exercise will be on the following Saturday morning of December 9th. Details will also be sent out soon for both events.

Thank you, I welcome your calls and emails!

Tom Cooper


December OEM Schedule


I’ve been working on the December calendar. So far it looks like we can do another SAR training/exercise on Saturday December 9th. I can also book the banquet room for our Christmas Party on the following Saturday December 16. (REMEMBER we are in the planning stages, things can change if this doesn’t work out.)

Please let me know if these dates work for you and also please let me know what you would like to cover at the training. I will announce the details as they unfold.

Thank you, I truely welcome your calls and emails!

Tom Cooper

304-771-3674 tjcooper

November Training Update

Directly after the November field training (see below) our canine handlers will travel a few miles south to Bev’s farm and do some canine specific training. Everyone is welcome to come and check out this future training area. The area has great potential for all types of training. I would like to ask our equestrian members to check out the area.

We plan to meet at 10:00am Saturday, November 4th at the Momentive Employee Park. (Call or email for directions)

Dr. Sarah Frances McClure will be presenting: Drowning Management and Prevention. Then we will go over the use of our Sked Rescue System. After this we will be training on using the GPS in the field. Then we will go over field communications. This will lead us into a field exercise that will include sending teams out to find hidden clues using GPS coordinates. We will use this exercise as an opportunity to learn to properly use the GPS and radios both at base and in the field. You will receive hands-on instructions and cheat sheets for each activity.

Call or email if you have any questions or suggestions.

Tom Cooper. 304-771-3674

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