It seems I've managed go hijack my own thread. I have mixed up 2 radically different uses of flashlights. I regret not having been more careful.we are talking about traffic control, on a camp property.
It seems I've managed go hijack my own thread. I have mixed up 2 radically different uses of flashlights. I regret not having been more careful.
I'm a safety advisor for my church's youth summer camp program. I'm working with the Camping Program Committee on providing appropriate equipment for counselors to use during the 2 to 3 day hiking trips that campers participate in without taking the costs of expensive equipment essentially out of the counselors pay by expecting them to buy it themseleves. Some of the longer serving members of the committee are concerned about a problem that we have had in the past but which has not occurred recently, as in the last 4 operational seasons. We have previously had incidents of campers getting separated from their trip group because they dropped out due to equipment or fatigue issues and went off the trail to rest or adjust their equipment. Because they were off the trail the counselors did not catch their absence immediately. That resulted in emergency missing child searches which some of the committee believe that the counselors were not adequately equipped to initiate. I'm tasked with identifying an appropriate hand light to use should the search continue into the hours of darkness. In trying to exercise due diligence I came to the forum to get information about what lights to suggest. Past counselors and staff told me that the need is a light that throws a fairly wide and EVEN pattern in the near field. Because a search would be occurring in a fully greened up eastern deciduous forest they emphasized that a narrow long throw beam was counter productive because that brighter spot concentrates the vision of the searchers in too narrow a field. Staff asked the US Park Service Protective Rangers and Park Police what kind of lights to get. Turns out that the rangers and police use a flood pattern rechargeable light. They told staff that a flood pattern has been found to be superior, in the dense local woods through which the trails pass, because it gives the eyes a better chance to pick up on anything that is different or doesn't belong in the wider near field. I just took the Park Service personnel's word for that. I laid out the requirements they suggested without taking the time to explain the source of the requirements. That accidentally caused a lot of contributors to substitute their beliefs of what an affective light would be and what's more there is no consensus amongst them. In trying to find the kind of light that would meet the requirements suggested by people who conduct a lot of searches I kept repeating the requirements instead of laying out the reasons for them so that contributors could address those.
Then I went and confused things even more by introducing a different use I have for a personal light. That light is meant for conducting individual work of diverse types during disaster relief operations with the Salvation Army or the Amateur Radio Emergency Service© (ARES©) of the American Radio Relay League. I allowed myself to be distracted from the first use case by a suggestion which one contributor raised. I used, as an example of the diversity of use of such lights that although we may have been dispatched as radio operators we do what the incident command team needs done. I have previously been assigned as a route director to direct people evacuating the effected area while going around roads closed by flooding, downed trees, washed out bridges... We were human detour signs. We had to hang in for ~12 hours until the overburdened local and state road people could come up with portable signs and barricades. So I mixed up too very different questions and caused a lot of needless confusion. The 2 light uses should have been in different threads.
[Interesting side note: local folks kept moving barricades out of their way to reach areas between the detour points and the blocked portion of the closed roads. The fire department auxiliary membership strapped plastic jersey barriers to the roofs of their cars and used the pump on a brush truck to fill them with water. That made them far to heavy to move. I contributed the suggestion that they could be set up offset into the roadway from opposite roadsides so you could drive between them by turning quite slowly between 2 of the filled barricades set only one car length between them with each blocking half of the road.]
Tom,I'm sure that there are better flashlights available but I still want to rehabilitate what I have on hand.
I have a 3 D cell Maglite that I want to change to a brighter light for the same service. The LED replacement that I now have in it is not very bright at all. Can someone advise which conversion would accomplish an improvement in brightness without making the duration of use go into the single digit hours category. In other words I want a traffic director equipped with it together with it's OEM traffic cone to be able to use it for a whole night in the middle of winter and not having become much less bright by morning. A safety worker should not have to change batteries in the middle of the night when working during a disaster. This light will go in a disaster response team's equipment cache.
That is a great tip but first I'm going to have some present and past counselors try the lights I've already been sent and find out which type suits them best. Since I'm not going to be with them out on the trail I feel I shouldn't foist my choice on them. The gathering were that will be possible is only 2 weeks away so once I have the feedback I can proceed from there.Over the weekend, a case of 12ea 3D new in clamshell wrapper sold, online auction, for about two hundred plus shipping. That works out to approx $16 bucks per flashlight.
Tom, if it wasn't you who bought the case of Maglite. Then stay alert, flashlights can be found priced very affordable
You know you could upset the balance of the universe by talking sense like that. It's a basic principal of science that the universe has a natural tendency to a greater state of disorder. If I remember correctly it's called entropy. [Well at least the spell checker likes it unlike a lot of things I type.] By helping me get organized you will be working against the laws of physics and as another correspondent reminds me in his tag line "the laws of physics will be strictly enforced."Given the clarification above, I respectfully suggest to the community that as a courtesy to Mr. Horne in his role as safety advisor to a youth camp, that we limit future suggestions and comments to advance the "lost camper search" thread, and let Mr. Horne open a separate "radio & disaster response" thread for those with knowledge and experience in such things.
I post this admonition without any agenda of my own. I work professionally to manage diverse groups of people with wildly different and often conflicting agendas and guide them in finding workable solutions to their common problems. The conflation of the two threads as recited by Mr. Horne in the quoted text is about as good an example as any of what happens when a discussion goes off-topic.
Finally, may I also ever-so gently request that you please not shoot the messenger? Thank you.
That is a great tip but first I'm going to have some present and past counselors try the lights I've already been sent and find out which type suits them best. Since I'm not going to be with them out on the trail I feel I shouldn't foist my choice on them. The gathering were that will be possible is only 2 weeks away so once I have the feedback I can proceed from there.
I'll do a photo of all of the staff and counselors who are over 18 and willing to be photographed. That's the best I can do given the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends' (Quakers) youth protection policy, which forbids photographing anyone under 18 years of age without the consent of their parents and the subject themselves. That would be too awkward to obtain. There is a fairly good glimpse of the 3 camps at
I've much appreciated your previous help. Please bear with me. When we are on a deployment we go were they send us. I've heard of people being detailed to traffic direction on a low capacity road but only when the problem to be solved was to keep people from unknowingly driving into a flooded road, wires down, fire smoke causing poor visibility on barely improved roads. I've several times had to go to 4 lane roads and signal people were to turn for the cleared evacuation route.Exactly how much traffic would a remote mountainous road have at midnight?
Seems to me if the person is wearing light colored clothing and/or reflectors there should be time to swap batteries before the next rush of traffic occurs. And if a motorist does happen upon the traffic guide they should be seen by oncoming headlights....that is unless it's a boot legger running from the G-Man all lights out like.
There was a story at one point that Steve McQueen had the brake lights turned off on one of his race cars in case he ever had to run from "the man".
First, just as an 'aside': When I was young, I did once get a nice stock replacement dash toggle switch (for another lighting function) for my car, mounted it along side the existing switch, and controlled my back-up / reverse lights with it - not so much to disable them (although certainly that as well), but rather to turn them on at will to provide rear lighting. This also allowed me to switch them on when driving to enable me to send "get off my 'a'' in Morse code. Just kidding about the code, but I didn't need to send a coded message. Merely switching them on and off, perhaps multiple times, would usually produce the desired result. Had I been as cool as Steve Mc, I would have had another to kill my rear running / brake lights. I'm pretty sure that was an ol' moonshiners' trick. Not that I would know, but I did grow up in the deep South.There was a story at one point that Steve McQueen had the brake lights turned off on one of his race cars in case he ever had to run from "the man".
had to resort to keeping their flashlight inside the sleeve of their coat with only the light end; or in our case the traffic cone; sticking out beyond the sleeve to keep the batteries from getting too cold.