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Humminbird® revolutionized Marine Search and Rescue (SAR) operations by introducing an easy-to-use, low cost side imaging sonar. While geared towards the angler, SAR professionals and public safety divers soon adopted this economical system as an effective tool for locating drowning victims.
Until now, SAR operators were restricted to visualizing data on the Humminbird® screen, contending with glare and low resolution, or they were utilizing clunky software not designed for target acquisition, leading to inefficient post-mission analysis and report generation. The solution, target acquisition software costing in the neighborhood of ten thousand dollars and up, is not a realistic option for most organizations. It is a credit to SAR operators that they managed as many successful search and recovery operations as they did. Unfortunately, for every successful recovery there are missions which do not locate the intended target. Cluttered bottoms or gaps in coverage are all too common problems which can lead to failure.
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Black Laser Learning is providing the US Navy at the Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center Stennis Space Center (NOMWC SSC) advanced sonar analysis training. Black Laser Learning's Advanced MCM Post mission analysis (PMA) course trains side scan sonar analysts in advanced analytical techniques specifically for Mine Warfare. Advanced training includes individual PMA sessions and coaching with MK 18 sonar data.
The program Is open for all DOD, DOD contractor, and civilian customers with the proper Security Clearance and facilities access for the course material. The next offering is February 12 through 16, 2018.
The St. John’s River in Palatka, Florida was alive with activity last week as six local Sheriff and Fire Rescue teams took to the water to practice underwater search techniques utilizing Humminbird® Side Imaging® and 360 sonars. Nineteen participants from Putnam and surrounding counties applied recently-learned theory provided during an in-depth, two-day Humminbird® training presented by Black Laser Learning® (BLL).
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Black Laser Learning® conducted joint training with Dive Rescue International, providing Colorado Springs fire rescue as well as visiting underwater search and rescue teams, an extensive workout with the Humminbird MEGA side-imaging sonar system. The primary emphasis was on locating drowning victims, which is an ongoing challenge for first responders.
During the June 14 and 15 training sessions, hosted by Colorado Springs Fire Department, participants learned how to analyze imagery, adjust sensitivity and contrast to produce the best imagery, adjust range for water depth and target type, and how and when to use the different frequencies available.
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