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Saskatoon Search & Rescue

October 2015

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SSAR members were once again on first aid duties at Ebon Stables for the Saskatoon Classic horse show from Sept 4 - 7. Thanks to Sherry Buller, Don Brophy, Shelley Ballard-McKinlay, Mark Wells, Stefani Longueil, Sean Taylor and Shawn Bursey for attending and to Rebecca Basset for her organizational work behind the scenes. 

On Sept 10 we had a record number of members attend STARS landing zone training. Thanks to Luc Duval for the presentation and tour and to the crew that was working that evening for showing us their "office." 

We had a great Basic Searcher overnight weekend on Sept 12-13 at Beaver Creek Conservation area. This was a new training location for us and we'd like to send a big thanks to Gillian May from Meewasin Valley Authority for all the information she provided to our group about the area. The weather cooperated fully and was a great location for our near-water search training. Thanks to Rebecca Basset for leading the training and to Aaron Anton, Don Brophy, Sean Taylor, Nelson Martell, Shelly Ottley, Louis Bossaer and Shelley Ballard-McKinlay for assisting. 

** Don't forget to register for the SAR conference being held in Saskatoon! An opportunity like this doesn't come along very often so don't miss it! Details and link to registration below. 


My Favorite Piece of Equipment

by Mark Wells

Mark and JetboilI was originally planning to write an article about some new piece of cool gear. There are always new camping gadgets that look cool But instead I've decided to review one of my favorite pieced of gear that I already own: my JetBoil . . . (read more)

Thank you, Mark, for writing this article. If anyone else wishes to write an article for our website blog or the newsletter, please email us! 


Training and Events

Monthly Training Meetings

Training sessions are generally held the first Thursday and Saturday of the month. All Thursday evening sessions are held in the classroom at the Fire Training Centre, 116 Ave W S, unless otherwise specified. Field days are generally held the following Saturday. 

Upcoming Training events:

NOTE: The Basic Searcher Course and regularly scheduled training for all members is occurring on many similar dates and times. Please review carefully to know what sessions apply to you. Members are encouraged to attend the Basic Searcher sessions to practice their skills and provide leadership in the field. 

Thursday, October 1 - All Members - Navigation theory and review; 7pm - classroom
Saturday, October 3 - Basic Searchers - Navigation Field Day; Members - Tasks with Basic Searcher group and advanced navigation exercises; 9am - 5 pm; Meet at the parking lot 1 km north of the Regional Psychiatric Centre. 

November 6 - 8 - All Members - SARVAC conference - see details below.

Thursday, November 12 - Basic Searchers - night search - 7pm - parking lot 1 km north of Regional Psychiatric Centre

Saturday, November 14 - Basic Searchers - theory, search types, note-taking expectations, evidence handling, and basic search tasks. There will be a review at the end of the day. 9 am - classroom

Thursday, December 3 - Basic Searchers – Written test, final remarks, call out procedures, etc. Members - hypothermia review, winter search preparedness, mini table top exercises, accident report form review, and patient record form review. Command staff – final prep for December exercise - 7pm - classroom
Saturday, December 5 - Members - winter exercise - mid day to after midnight  location TBD; Basic Searchers - final field day testing in the morning.


Search Dog Bootcamp

After the success of the Search Dog Basics Seminar, a Search Dog Bootcamp is now being planned to expand upon the skills learned in Basics. It will be held in Regina, October 3-4, 2015. Cost is $125 per dog team and the Basics course is a prerequisite. Instruction by Precision Search Dog

SARscene Conference

The annual SARscene conference is being held Oct 22 - 26 in Charlottetown, PEI.  This is always a great training event! Check out the website for more information. 

SARVAC Conference in Saskatoon

A conference hosted by SARVAC (Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada) will be held at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon, November 6 (evening only), 7 and 8. All Saskatchewan SAR members are encouraged to attend. Deadline for registration is November 2 but spots are limited so get your application in soon!

Executive and Directors Meeting

The next SSAR Executive and Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, October 29, at 7 pm. These are business-style meetings of our chapter and are 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

And More . . . 

Check our website calendar for more events and training information. 

Thank You

For Your Support

Thank you so much to these community-minded organizations who support the work of Saskatoon Search and Rescue and have helped to fund our Emergency Communications Project
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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