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Saskatoon Search & Rescue

September 2015

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What's Happening 


SSAR members were on first aid duties at the Mid Summer Masters at Ebon Stables. Unfortunately, the show had to move inside due to all the rain. Still fun to watch though. Such beautiful animals! ‪#yxe‬ ‪#horses‬ ‪#SAR‬ ‪#firstaid‬ ‪#mud‬. Thanks to all our members who were able to help with first aid duties at  Ebon Stables. Sherry Buller, Nelson Martell, Henry Eng, Paul Nutter, Don Brophy, Rod Miskolczi and Shelley Ballard-McKinlay. We received great feedback from the organizers and people attending commented on the visibility of our volunteers as well as how professional they were.

A new season of learning begins for the our newest members of Saskatoon Search and Rescue.   Basic Searcher training is a time for new learning, and a great refresher for our current members. Welcome to SSAR!

On Tuesday we were privileged to have Chet Neufeld of the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan take us out in the  field. Chet showed us some of the edible plants available to us in Saskatchewan, should we be in a situation where we needed to find food, medicine and insect repellent. Thanks to Louis Bossaer for arranging this session.

Fall training is now in full swing starting with a night of navigation
A great night of practicing our GPS and compass skills.

 Navigation is a very important part of search and rescue training.This skill enables members to determine position and maintain your directions and bearings thus knowing where you are at all times.
Thank you to Rebebecca Bassett for organizing this night.


Activation - Moose Jaw Saskatchewan

Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers chapter ‪#MooseJawSAR‬ activated a search for missing 53 y/o male in Moose Jaw by ‪#MJpolice‬.

Teams from ‪#SARSAV‬ chapters Search And Rescue Regina,Wood River Search and Rescue, and Saskatoon Search and Rescue activated and mobilized to assist.

The male was located and returned safely home. Thank you to all the GSAR Professional Volunteers for their effort today and thankful for the outcome.


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 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 always welcome and encouraged to attend the Basic Searcher sessions to practice their skills and provide leadership in the field. 

Thursday, September 3 - Basic Searchers - 7pm - classroom

Thursday, September 10 - STARS landing zone training - 7pm - location to be emailed

Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13 - Basic Searchers/All Members - overnight/near water search training, 8am Saturday - 5pm Sunday, Beaver Creek Conservation Area

Saturday September 19 - Members only (not Basic Searcher candidates) - individual and team skills, Northern fire debrief, dog skills course debrief  - 9am - 5pm - Location TBD

Thursday, October 1 - Basic Searchers - Navigation theory; Members - dusk/evening search - 7pm - classroom
Saturday, October 3 - Basic Searchers - Navigation Field Exercise; Members - Mini exercises  - 9am - 5 pm - Sutherland Beach Dog Park

Thursday, November 5 - Command Staff only - Table top exercises and meeting -7pm - classroom
Thursday, November 12 - Basic Searchers/All Members - night search - 7pm - parking lot 1 km north of Regional Psychiatric Centre
Saturday, November 14 - Basic Searchers/All Members - theory, search types, note-taking expectations, evidence handling, and basic search tasks. There will be a review at the end of the day. 9am - 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. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

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

A conference hosted by SARVAC (Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada) will be held at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon, November 6 - 8. All Saskatchewan SAR members are encouraged to attend. More details to come! 

Executive and Directors Meeting

The next SSAR Executive and Directors meeting will be held on Thursday,September 24, 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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