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Saskatoon Search & Rescue

March 2017

What's Happening 


AdventureSmart presentations are a fun and interesting way to get safety messages out to people of all ages! Thanks to SSAR members Don Brophy, Sherry Buller, Sean Taylor, Jarod Harvey and Tracy VanBrabant for doing Hug-A-Tree and Survive and Survive Outside presentations during the past month. Thanks to members-in-training Caleb Mohan and Jean-Simon Lessard for taking the initiative to come out and learn more about it. Looking forward to getting more of our new members trained as presenters!

Thanks to Kent Orosz, Dale Liebrecht and Rebecca Basset for leading the navigation training evening and field day. Great showing by everyone who came out and braved the very cold weather. Our members-in-training are enthusiastic and learning a lot! 

The weather has been up and down all winter but that doesn't stop the fun from happening at the Meewasin Skating Rink! Thanks to Jay Brown, Henry Eng, Stefani Longueil, Paul Nutter, Don Brophy, Rick Barsky and Caleb Mohan for providing First Aid needs at the skate parties hosted by Potash Corp and Cameco.  

Top Photo: Don Brophy presenting Hug-A-Tree and Survive

Bottom Photo: Our team and the Saskatoon Blades mascot at the Cameco Family Skate Party. 

Thank you  

Meewasin Rotary 

The Rotary Club of Saskatoon Meewasin is a great supporter of Saskatoon SAR. On February 13 they invited SSAR member Sean Taylor to present an update on our activities, successes and expanded capabilities. In return, they provided a $1,000 surprise donation to our team! Thank you so much!! 

Sean was also the lucky winner of their 50/50 draw and a black forest cake! He donated the 50/50 money back to the Club's youth shelter box program. 

Photo: Rotary Club of Saskatoon Meewasin President, Rob Jaspar, presenting donation to SSAR member Sean Taylor.

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, 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 in the near future.

Basic Search Dog Seminar

The next Basic Search Dog seminar will be held in Regina, June 9 (evening) and June 10-11. It is instructed by Mary-Ann Warren of Precision Search Dog. Please go to her website for more information and registration details.

Executive and Directors Meeting

The next SSAR Executive and Directors meetings will be held on Thursday, March 30, 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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