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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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SPOT Messenger Rescues Cyclist

Rescue Profile: Bill and Andreas
Case #: 12629


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Bill Peschka, a Tour Divide Veteran, was cycling in Wyoming as part of an ultra-distance mountain bike race following the Continental Divide from Banff Canada to the Mexican border at Antelope Wells, NM.

One June afternoon, Peschka was cycling in Sweetwater County where he stumbled upon Andreas Fassbender, a German cyclist heading north to Canada. Fassbender had been catapulted off his bike after hitting a patch of deep sand with the front wheel. Fassbender had been lying on the ground waiting for 2 hours as he was unable to connect to local authorities due to lack of cellular coverage. Luckily for Fassbender, Peschka had his SPOT handy.


The SOS was pushed and within 30 minutes, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office had arrived on the scene and was looking for SPOT Owner, Peschka by name. Two ambulances had been dispatched because they were unsure of the road conditions and wanted to get quickly to Fassbender’s aide. They loaded Fassbender into the ambulance and off they went.

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