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Saskatoon Search & Rescue

February 2016

What's Happening 


Congratulations to Kevin Blezy, Jay Brown, Dale Liebrecht and Miles Waghray who have now completed all the requirements for their Basic Searcher certification. They're looking forward to our next activations! 

Thanks to the following members:
  • Shelley Ballard-McKinlay for leading the January classroom session on scene safety and primary scene assessment and leading a debrief of recent activations and standby notifications. 
  • Rebecca Basset for leading two days of First Aid training -- certification, recertification and scenarios. 
  • Jarod Harvey and Shelley Ballard-McKinlay for staffing our display at the Saskatoon showing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. 
  • Rick Barsky, Sherry Buller, Diane VanBrabant and Tracy VanBrabant for providing first aid services at the Potash Corp Skating Party at the Meewasin Rink. 
  • Sherry Buller and Sean Taylor for the AdventureSmart presentation to a group of Cub Scouts.
  • Dale Liebrecht and Sean Taylor for designing and installing a printer shelf in the command trailer and securing the printer to it. Now we won't have to dig it out of the box at every training session and activation! 
  • Shelly Ottley for taking over the PSAR Director role and Louis Bossaer for joining the board as a Director At Large. Thanks to Jaime Bursey for her previous involvement as the PSAR Director.
We have seven new AdventureSmart presenters for the "Hug-a-Tree and Survive" and "Survive Outside" programs. Thanks to Tracy VanBrabant for instructing the course and congratulations to new presenters Shelly Ottley, Mark Wells, Don Brophy, Lance Athmer, Jarod Harvey, Dale Liebrecht and Shelley Ballard-McKinlay. Sherry Buller and Sean Taylor also took the course as a refresher.

We now have 16 trained presenters! If you have a group that would like one of these presentations, please contact us
"The presentation by the SSAR volunteers provided real, practical advice in a warm, engaging and age appropriate manner. I would personally recommend this program to any group heading into the bush with children." 

Maureen Bourke, Cub Scout Leader



Thank you to the Saskatoon Fire Department for providing us with two new-to-us AED's. These will be very valuable to have for activations and training and when providing first aid services for various events. 

In the past two months almost $700 in charitable donations have been gifted to SSAR. Thank you so much to those individuals in the community who have so generously supported us. It is VERY much appreciated! If you too would like to contribute, donations can be made online here

Five Things Learned 

At SAR Training

1. I sound like an idiot on the radio.
2. There is a reason I get lost so often.
3. I can make a pretty good shelter out of a tarp.
4. Growing up with three brothers has prepared me to handle a lot of injuries.
5. Teamwork is the necessity of crisis. 

Thanks to Jay Brown for writing this humorous blog post

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. 

** Note some date changes from previous newsletter.

Thursday, February 4 - 7pm, classroom
Saturday, February 6 - 9 am at Meewasin Park, 2900 blk Spadina Cr E. The goal of this month's training is to improve our radio knowledge and communication skills. Thursday evening will cover radio operation theory and guidelines to ensure all relevant information is relayed in a consistent manner during a crisis situation. Saturday's field day will include many practical scenarios that will complete members' understanding of the SSAR radio system and add simple techniques to maximize its use in challenging circumstances. Members should bring their urban search pack and, as always, dress according to the weather. 

Thursday, March 10 - 7pm, classroom
Saturday/Sunday, March 12/13 - Field days, location TBA (Tentative - SAR winter campout and scenarios) 

Thursday, April 7 - 7pm, classroom
Saturday, April 9 - Field day, location TBA

Friday evening - Sunday, May 13-15 - multi-jurisdictional search exercise at Coderre, SK. Being organized by SARSAV.  

Thursday, June 2 - 7pm, classroom
Saturday, June 4 - Field day, location TBA

SARSAV Meeting

The next meeting of the Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers (SARSAV) is Saturday, March 12, at 9:30 am at the Saskatoon Travelodge. The meeting is open to all members in good standing of Saskatchewan SAR chapters. 

Search Dog Seminars

A Search Dog Basics Seminar will be held in Regina in June 3 - 5. Go to the Precision Search Dog website for more information or email  

Executive and Directors Meeting

The next SSAR Executive and Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, February 25, 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. 
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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