"Difficult jobs done while you wait. The impossible may take slightly longer."
While most of our basic mentoring and adopter training activities are funded by memberships and regular donors, we are involved in a number of other important yet expensive activities such as:
Volunteers from LRTC and our "partner" non-profit groups often have to work alongside public safety responders when dealing with critical emergencies. As a result we are required to be trained in various technical and public safety skills, and we are required to use equipment that is designed for and appropriate for the tasks we are undertaking. Some of this equipment is pretty expensive we rely on grant funding to acquire and maintain it.
We are one of the most field-active response groups in the county, averaging over 150 calls per year. This call volume, particularly in our rugged high desert terrain, is hard on our "rolling stock" and rescue gear. Keeping up with maintenance is also a constant issue.
Finally, we're worker bees. We focus on preparing for and carrying out emergency tasks, which quite frankly keeps us pretty busy. Therefore we often aren't aware of many grant opportunities and that's where our supporters come in. Most of our grant "awareness" has come from our friends and supporters.
As a result we now need to fund training equipment for infrequent skills practice and to train new responders. Technical large animal rescue is generally a low-frequency but high risk activity, so regular training is critical for maintaining responder safety and proficiency.
Training equipment needed includes:
Other significant expenses:
The only functional rescue A-Frame in the region has been relocated to Battle Mountain. LRTC has a fairly extensive compliment of rescue tools and equipment, but not a certified large animal A-Frame for lifting animals out of precarious situations.
The volunteers take care to protect our vehicles and equipment, but this is rugged country, most of the trailers are over 25 years old (as is the Jeep,) and periodic maintenance, repair and overhauls are necessary to keep this equipment roadworthy and functional.
Current major maintenance issues that are actually overdue include:
Recognized volunteer responders that are allowed to perform evacuations during major emergencies such as wildfires and floods are expected to have personal safety gear that meets current standards as well as reliable communications so that responders will reliably receive accurate instructions and so nobody gets "lost" in an emergency zone. We are in serious need of upgrading both.
The volunteers typically donate their time for maintaining and repairing equipment, but some things simply cost a lot of money. Most of these expense items we now have to address are due to new responsibilities that have been thrust upon us or the result of deferring maintenance that should no longer be put off. Therefore this year we're really going to have to be aggressive with respect to mining for grants.
If anyone has knowledge of likely grant sources that would consider funding any of these needs, please contact us.