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The DART Chief's Photo Album

 

Here are some pictures from the pages of Chief Dolci's photo album. They give a brief history of DART's early years of training and exercises.

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The early years (1987)
DART takes on its first "Heavy Rescue" class

Picture shows rope rescue exercise being conducted. Bob Dolci is on the right and Lynne Sethi (Engelbert) on the left. (31,433 bytes)   Picture shows lifting of a heavy object with a tri-pod. Dolci is wearing red helmet. (25,066 bytes)   Picture shows moving heavy object using rollers and rope system. Carlos Brown is wearing orange helmet. (66,020 bytes)

The early years (1987)
DART practice outside of building N-207

Picture shows   Picture shows ladders slide being erected. Notice the lack of PPE. Yes, those were the good old days. (23,211 bytes)

The early years (1988)
DART practice at the propane and natural gas storage facility

Picture shows ladder-gin being used to raise victim in stokes over fence. (22,335 bytes)  Picture shows ladder-gin being used to raise victim in stokes over fence. (24,199 bytes)

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Collapsed Structure Exercise in building N-243
(1988)

The original DART 'volunteers'. Notice that even Mark Tangney was 'skinny' back then. (69,899 bytes)

Weekend Rope Rescue Exercises in the Woods
(1988 to 1992)

The crew in the parking lot. (25,239 bytes) Jenny Kasser looking up from the bottom of Castle Rock Falls after repelling down. (19,195 bytes) Lynne repelling down at Castle Rock Falls.  Note lack of proper PPE. Yes, the good old days. (9,474 bytes) Dolci repelling down at Castle Rock Falls.  Note lack of proper PPE. Yes, the good old days. (9,554 bytes) Dolci using Gibbs ascenders to climb up the rock wall at Castle Rock Falls.  Note lack of proper PPE. Yes, that's what Dolci looked like in 1992. Remember this is Chief Dolci's Photo Album. (18,855 bytes)
Rescue team packaging 'victim' in harnesses half way up 100-foot rock wall. (14,751 bytes) Rescue team taking a lunch break at the top of the falls. (31,163 bytes) Lowering team checking system at Castle Rock Falls. (22,416 bytes) Bobby Gardner (blue T-shirt) leading repelling exercise at Goat Rock. (31,314 bytes) Repelling exercise at Goat Rock. (27,944 bytes)

Heavy Rescue Final Scenario for Certification (1989)

Dolci drawing details on how he wants high-line system erected. (28,520 bytes) Dolci drawing details on how he wants high-line system erected. Validating understanding of crew. (30,298 bytes) Michelle being traversed from one end of the high-line to other. (29,998 bytes) Bi-pod at point of departure. Crew milling about smartly. (24,986 bytes)
Michelle doing what Michelle does best. (26,857 bytes) Repelling exercise prior to final scenario. (25,570 bytes) Mark Tangney (just starting to get pudgy), Dennis Ray (as ugly then as he is now), Mike DiSanto (still has the same stupid grin), Michelle Fontaine (no comment), Brooke Smith (I wish he was still with us), Bob Dolci (his ugly years, but still not as ugly as Dennis Ray). (27,879 bytes) Tri-pod construction. (25,097 bytes)

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Fire Brigade Training (1989)

Class picture. 22 members of DART became certified to Firefighter I after completing one 20-hour course. (79,177 bytes)  Final exercise was three days of live burns. Dolci waiting to put the wet stuff on the red stuff. (41,928 bytes)  Four members of DART conducting mop-up.  (31,040 bytes) 

DART Advanced First-aid Class (1990)

Members of DART take advanced first-aid class in 1990. (40,587 bytes)  Dolci played the part of a burn victim for the final scenario of the 1990 advanced first-aid class. (19,940 bytes)  Jim Alywyn plays the role of a vampire with a burn for the advanced first-aid class. (17,156 bytes)  Phil Snyder plays the role of a chorus line girl with a burn for the advanced first-aid class. (23,552 bytes)  Three simulated burn victims being treated by five rescue specialist during the advanced first-aid class. (21,378 bytes)

Jerry Smith Rope Rescue Class (1990)

Dolci repelling off parapet N-239. (14,620 bytes)  Setting up for final scenario at the quarry. (36,894 bytes)  Jerry checking out anchor system for raising system. Notice how Tom Timbal appears to be awake. (34,501 bytes)

DART becomes certified in Trench Rescue (1991)

The rag tagged approach to training. The good old days!  (31,256 bytes)  What, no speedy shores? (26,321 bytes)  Shoring the always-difficult T-trench. Yes, the plywood trench plates were heavy.  (24,679 bytes)  Yes, there is shoring in that trench and yes, that is Rich Larsen looking towards the camera. (30,162 bytes)

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DART participates in the annual
Industrial Rescue and Emergency Care Association
competition (1992)

Phil Snyder providing direction to his squad. (39,551 bytes) Phil Snyder and Dennis Ray looking cool in their baby-blues and sun glasses. (33,215 bytes) Jim Alwyn checking out Dennis Ray's work. (46,365 bytes) Mark Tangney reviewing directions with his squad. (43,207 bytes)
Mark's squad implementing his instructions. (22,998 bytes) Time for rapping and frapping. (27,388 bytes) Dolci has his own way for participating in the evolution. (43,515 bytes) Lynne's way is little better than Bob's way. (24,975 bytes)

DART conducts inter-team competition between squads
(1993)

On your mark, get set, go! (22,001 bytes) Victim and rescuer being lower to ground via telpher. (21,100 bytes) Victim being lowered in stokes via telpher. (14,230 bytes)
Telpher victim pickoff. (34,401 bytes) Telpher victim pickoff with ground crew receiving victim and rescuer.  (26,076 bytes) Victim being removed from stokes. (19,038 bytes)

DART participates in the
Ames Research Center Earthquake Fair (1994)

Dolci loves those telpher systems. (18,158 bytes) Victim being lowered from top of wind tunnel. (5,903 bytes) Victim being lowered from top of wind tunnel. (9,737 bytes)
Ground crew waiting to receive victim being lowered from top of wind tunnel. (17,291 bytes) Victim being lowered from top of wind tunnel. (9,644 bytes) Ground crew receiving victim in stokes. (15,062 bytes)

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