M.S. Biology, University of Virginia, May 1989. Neuroscience emphasis.
B.A. Biology, University of Virginia, May 1985. Neurobiology program.
DISASTER/SEARCH & RESCUE RELATED COURSES:
Technical Instructor May 1988- Current
Executive Producer August 1989 - Current
Agency Management Analyst November 1997 - 1999
Virginia Department of Fire Programs, Richmond, VA
Senior Laboratory Specialist August 1992 - September 1995
Faculty, Lecturer II, August 1990 - August 1992
Virginia Department of Emergency Management September 1985 - Present
Incident Commander - Ground (Course Developer), Practical Search Operations (Instructor), Managing the Search Function (Instructor), Managing Search Operations (Lead Instructor), Search and Rescue First Responder (Lead Instructor), Field Team Leader (Instructor), Field Team Member (Lead Instructor), Incident Command System for Law Enforcement (Instructor) Emergency Operations Center - Incident Command System Interface (Lead Instructor)
dbS Productions October 1988 - Current
Piedmont Virginia Community College September 1990 - May 1992
Introductory Biology 101, 102, Adjunct Faculty
Department of Biology, University of Virginia September 1985 - December
1988 AWARDS AND HONORS
Department of Biology, University of Virginia September 1985 - December
AWARDS AND HONORS:
Koester R. J. And Stooksbury, D.E. (2001) Lost Alzheimer’s Disease Subjects: a Search Manager’s Guide. dbS Productions, Charlottesville M.S. in preparation.
Fuller, G., Johnson, E., Koester R. (2000) Man-Trackers & Dog Handlers in Search & Rescue: Basic Guidelines and information. dbS Productions, Charlottesville, VA
Koester R.J. (1999) Lost Alzheimer's Disease Search Management. dbS productions, Charlottesville, VA
Koester R. J. And Stooksbury, D.E. (1998) The Lost Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Subject: New Research and Perspectives. Response 98 NASAR Proceedings. National Association of Search and Rescue, Chantilly, Virginia p. 165-181
Koester R. J. and Colestock, H.E. (1998) Performance Measurement in Emergency Management: One Government’s Experience. Proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference of the International Emergency Management Society. 1998 May 19-22; Washington D.C.
Koester R. J. (1997) "Fatigue and Search and Rescue" Response 15:4:18-24
Koester R. J. (1997) Fatigue: Sleep Management During Disasters and Sustained Operations. dbS Productions, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Koester R. J. (1997) Incident Commander for Ground Search and Rescue. dbS Productions, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Koester R. J. (1996) Field Operations Guide for Search & Rescue: Standard Operating Guidelines for Search & Rescue using the Incident Command System. dbS Productions.
Koester R.J. & Stooksbury D.E. (1995) "Behavioral Profile of Possible Alzheimer's Disease Subjects in Search and Rescue Incidents in Virginia." Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. 6:34-43
Koester, R.J. (1994) "Short" in At Day's End. National Library of Poetry, Owings Mill, MD
Koester R.J. (1993) Chapter 9, 10 Dissection of the Fetal Pig in Organismal Biology: A Laboratory Introduction [ed. Riopel J.L.] Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa.
Koester R.J. and Stooksbury D.E. (1992) "Lost Alzheimer's Subjects-Profiles and Statistics. Response 11:4:20-26.
Koester R.J. et. al. (1992) Outdoor First-Aid, dbS Productions. Charlottesville, Virginia.
Koester R.J. et. al. (1991) Wilderness and Rural Life Support Guidelines, dbS Productions, Charlottesville.
"Behavioral and statistical profile of Lost ADRD Subjects in Virginia" presented to the Governor’s Commission on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Richmond Virginia, November 2000
"Behavioral and Statistical Profile of Lost Alzheimer's Subjects in Virginia:" presented at The Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Research Award Fund: Discovering Treatments and Improving the Care of Virginians with Dementia. Richmond, VA June, 2000
"Updated lost Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders behavioral profiles" and "Fatigue Management" presented at Canadian SAR Secretariat SARSCENE’98, "New behavioral statistics on lost psychotics and mentally retarded subjects" presented at the Fourth Syrotuck International Symposium in conjunction with SARSCENE’98 Banff Canada, September 1998.
"Updated lost Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders behavioral profiles" and "Fatigue Management" presented at the New York SAR Conference, New York, September 1998.
"Searching for the lost Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Subject" presented at Search and Rescue/Disaster Response 98, Nashville, June 1998
"Lost Person Behavioral Updates: The Alzheimer’s Case" presented at National Association of Search and Rescue Conference, Response 98, Portland, OR, May 1998
"Performance Measurement in Emergency Management: One Government’s Experience" presented at The International Emergency Management Societies disaster & Emergency Management: International Challenges for the Next decade 5th annual Conference, Washington, D.C. May 1998
"SAR resource mixing & Operations as the Incident Commander" presented at The Northeast Regional SAR Conference, Fatimia Camp, NH May 1998
"Prospective Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Wandering Research" presented at the Second Syrotuck Symposium in conjunction with SARSCENE 97, Su Saint Saul, Ontario Canada. Oct. 1997
"New prospective Alzheimer’s Research results" presented at the Berkshire SAR conference, Berkshire, New Hampshire. September 1997.
"Fatigue and Search and Rescue" and "Updated Alzheimer’s and Despondent Profiles" presented at Response 97, National Association of Search and Rescue, Richmond, Virginia. May 1997
"Behavioral and Statistical Analysis of Lost Alzheimer’s Disease Patients Requiring a Search & Rescue Response" presented at The Gerontological Society of America Symposia. Washington, D.C. Nov. 1996
"Behavioral and Statistical Profile of the Lost Alzheimer’s and Related Disease Subjects in Virginia" presented to The Virginia Bloodhound Association, Winchester VA. May 1996
"Updated Alzheimer’s Statistics and Future Research" presented at William G. Syrotuck Symposium on Search Theory and Practice. Denver, Colorado. May 1996
"Air Crash Analysis" presented at the Helicopter Survival Symposium, Charlottesville, Virginia. 1995
"Initial Actions for Law-Enforcement searching for the Lost Alzheimer’s Disease Subject" presented to Blue Ridge Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Police Awareness Conference. 1994
"Outdoor First-Aid" presented to the National Police Bloodhound Association. Winchester, VA 1993
"Lost Subject Profile for Alzheimer's in Virginia" presented at the National Association for Search & Rescue. Phoenix, Arizona. 1992
"Wilderness Poisonings, Bites, and Stings" presented to Undergraduate Seminar, Department of Biology, University of Virginia. Charlottesville, Virginia. 1988
"Wilderness Search and Rescue" presented to the Fifth Annual Disaster Seminar. Farmville, VA 86
Appalachian Search & Rescue Conference Inc. September 1981 - Present
Board of Directors April 1985 - Present
Chairman April 1990 - April 1992
Vice-Chairman April 1988 - April 1990
Chairman, Medical Committee April 1988 - April 1990
Incident Commander (93 searches)
Type I: 6 searches Type II: 82 searches Type III: 5 searches
General Staff (35 searches)
Field Team Leader (31 searches)
Other positions held: Communications Officer, Operations Officer, Dispatch Officer, Dispatch Supervisor, Demobilization Leader, Branch Director, Division Supervision, Plans Chief, Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, Liaison Officer, and Area Command Authority.
Virginia Search and Rescue Council, Delegate January 1986 - Present
President January 1993 - Present
Spearheaded legislative changes Virginia Code to enhance SAR response. Assisted in the development of Governor’s Task Force on Emergency Medical Response Disaster Planning, Virginia Annex 1-AA and H, Virginia Search and Rescue Council Standard Operating Procedure and development of state standards.Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad EMT-C April 1996 - Present
Department of Criminal Justice Services Alzheimer Committee June 1998 - Present
Statewide Mutual Aid Committee July 1997 - 2000
Governor's Task Force on Disaster Planning October 1987 - October 1988
Thomas Jefferson Emergency Medical Services Council October 1986 - October 1988
Western Albemarle Rescue Squad, Crew Chief September 1982 - August 1986
Jefferson Literary and Debating Society September 1983 - May 1985
University of Virginia String Orchestra (violin) September 1981 - May 1985
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