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Saskatoon Search & Rescue

February 2017

What's Happening 


Our new jackets have arrived and we're finally looking like the sharp professional team that we are! This has been a long time coming and it's thanks to our members for all the fundraising they have done the past few years to get the extra funds required to make this happen. Special thanks to Kent Orosz and Sean Taylor for doing the majority of work on this project, figuring out requirements, reviewing RFP's, setting policy, distribution and evaluation.

Around the same time, we took delivery of new medical and rescue equipment. Two AED's, a spine board, litter and mule wheel will enhance our team's medical and rescue/evacuation capabilities. We're looking forward to some more training time with this new equipment. Thank you to Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation for providing the funding for us to make these purchases! Your support of our organization is absolutely amazing! 

There was another sold out crowd at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour show in Saskatoon and many people stopped by our display to find out more about SSAR and AdventureSmart. Thanks so much to the Alpine Club of Canada, Saskatchewan Section for hosting this event and inviting us to take part. Thanks to Rebecca Basset and Shelley Ballard-McKinlay for staffing our display. 

Basic Searcher Course  

And Advanced SAR Skills 

Twenty-two people started the Basic Searcher Course in January and learned a lot these first training days. They are a strong group of candidates and have a lot of work ahead of them to become fully trained members of SSAR.

Thanks to Training Director Dale Liebrecht for taking the lead on organizing the Basic Searcher training and to Rebecca Basset, Shelley Ballard-McKinlay and Sean Taylor for leading parts of the training this past month.

Thanks to Rebecca and Shelley for leading the experienced members' training. Congrats to Rebecca, Sherry Buller, Jessica Vandenheuval, Jay Brown, Sean Taylor and Don Brophy for all the studying they did to get their ROC-A (Restricted Operators Certificate - Aeronautical) so that we have more people who can utilize the air band radio in the Command Post. 



On January 20 SSAR members were activated by the Saskatoon Police Service for a missing 84 year old woman with dementia. Eighteen members attended from approximately 5:00 p.m. until 3 a.m. The woman was located in good health and returned to her home. 

During our last two search activations, the support that Saskatoon SAR has in our community has been very evident. During and after both searches we have heard many comments from people thanking us for what we do and for volunteering our time into the wee hours of the night to search for missing people and to help families. This was the recent experience of one of our members:  "As we were packing up and leaving at 3:00 a.m., a young couple was out for a smoke and I had a chat with them. The young lady said her whole family and many of the neighbours were out driving around looking for our missing person. As I was leaving she said, "Thank you for what you do. It has to be really tough." Yes it can be, but it's also very rewarding, and the support we receive from the community definitely makes it easier."

Training and Events

Monthly Training Meetings

Training sessions are generally held the first Thursday and Saturday of the month unless otherwise noted. Location of the training will be announced prior to each date. 

The Basic Searcher Course and the Advanced SAR Skills for experienced members will run concurrently. 

Thursday, February 2 - 1900 to 2200
Saturday, February 4 - 0900 to 1700

Thursday, March 16 - 1900 to 2200 
Saturday, March 18 - 0900 to 1700

Thursday, April 6 - 1900 to 2200
Saturday, April 8 - 0900 to 1700

Thursday, May 4 - 1900 to 2200
Saturday - Sunday, May 6-7 - Overnight weekend and final testing for members in training. 

SARSAV Quarterly Meeting and Additional Training

The SARSAV (Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers) quarterly meeting is being held on Saturday, March 11, 0930 hrs at the Saskatoon Fire, Staff Development Centre, 116 Ave W S, Saskatoon. All members of SARSAV chapters are welcome to attend. 

In addition, a Search Manager Forum and Communications Technical Workshop will be held from 1300 - 1600 hrs. The Forum is an opportunity for SMIRIC and MSO-trained personnel to get together and discuss best practices and share ideas. The session will be led by experienced SM personnel. This Communications workshop is aimed at helping SARSAV chapters get the most out of their comms equipment. Led by an expert in the communications field, the workshop will allow participants to learn some best practices related to radio use, study a well-built comms system, and ask any questions or get help with any problems they may be having in getting the SARSAV radio components working their best.


Team Leader Course

The next team leader course will be held April 20 (evening) and April 22-23. Those members who wish to become a Team Leader, need to re-certify or simply want an opportunity to learn more should plan to attend. 


Multi-Jurisdictional Search Exercise

The next MJSE, hosted by SARSAV and organized by North Corman Park SAR, will be held May 12-14. More details will be provided when available.

Executive and Directors Meeting

The next SSAR Executive and Directors meetings will be held on Thursday, February 23, at 7 pm. These are business-style meetings of our chapter and are generally held the last Thursday of each month. All members are welcome to attend. If you would like to speak to an issue concerning SSAR, please notify the President prior to the meeting so time can be allotted on the agenda. If you would like a copy of the minutes from any past meetings, please email us
What else would you like to see in the SSAR newsletter? Do you have something that should be included next month? Please email the Communications Director with your ideas, comments and feedback. Thanks!
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