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Backcountry Emergency Personnel Preparedness

RonAvery.jpg Ron Avery, President and Director of Training for The Practical Shooting Academy, Inc. and Executive Director of the non-profit, Rocky Mountain Tactical Institute - both training institutions dedicated to professional firearms and tactics courses, higher police standards and training and use of force research, reviews SPOT in The PoliceOne Firearms Corner. With SPOT, even officers or emergency personnel operating far outside of cell phone coverage can send in updates or distress calls about their whereabouts.

“This year, as part of our new backcountry preparedness and rural law enforcement operations research for upcoming courses, I was researching new products at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas. On my way to another booth, I spotted the folks from SPOT and made probably one of the most important product discoveries to come into my life in a long time,” says Ron Avery.

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Bill and his comrade

bill_hunting Bill, current President of Ruby Valley Search and Rescue and a "retired" Army pilot, is an avid hunter and fisherman. Needless to say, Bill spends a lot of time outdoors; he jokingly states he knows most trees on a first name basis.

Several years ago, Bill developed a preparedness plan, which included having a SPOT device. He even developed a messaging system for friends and family on his contact list: (1) Check In message in the morning and evening to family and friends, (2) Check In messages back to back to let them know he got an elk, and (3) Check In messages back to back to let everyone know that he was headed out of the backcountry.

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