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Saskatoon Search & Rescue

May 2015

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31 Days of SSAR

"The next missing person could be you or a loved one. . . "

May 1 is the start date of our crowdfunding campaign. We have an ambitious goal! $31,000 in 31 days. 

Show your support by donating to Saskatoon Search and Rescue during the 31 Days of SSAR campaign at Funds raised will complete our Emergency Communications Project and fund additional training, equipment and uniform needs.

Help your favourite SSAR member win one of the three "top fundraiser" prizes by contributing to their fundraising goal. 

From May 1 - 31 join us daily on Facebook and Twitter as we share video and info about activities and events our members are involved in, along with other SAR-related information. 

Gear Swap/Consignment and Garage Sale

Come & check out all the great deals at our Gear Swap and Garage Sale in Montgomery Park on Saturday, May 2, from 8 am - 4 pm. Our Facebook events page features just a few of the items that will be for sale. The first 20 people to donate $20 or more to help us complete our Emergency Communications Project will receive a free "essentials" kit. And there will be baking for sale too! Yum, yum! 


Barbecue and PSAR Display

Join us at Cabela's on Sunday, May 3 from 11 am - 2 pm. Support our fundraising efforts by purchasing a burger and drink. SaskEnergy will be bringing their barbecue, cooking up the goodness and making a donation towards the barbecue expenses. Thank you!

Bring the whole family and take in the AdventureSmart presentations and pick up outdoor safety and emergency preparedness information at our display. 

11 am - Hug-a-Tree and Survive (for children 12 & under)
12 pm - Survive Outside (for teens & adults)
1 pm - Hug-a-Tree and Survive (for children 12 & under) 

This event promotes our involvement in National Emergency Preparedness Week and Provincial Missing Persons Week. 

Again, the first 20 people to donate $20 or more will receive a free "essentials" kit. 

What's Happening 


Because of the incredible support we have already received from local businesses and organizations, we have purchased and installed some of the equipment for our Emergency Communications Project. On Saturday, April 18, we were able to test and evaluate most of the equipment. It worked great! Thanks to Jeff Baxter for leading us through the testing. 

Thanks to Rebecca Basset and Dale Johnstone who led the classroom training session on April 16. 

Several members attended a "Severe Weather Presentation" put on by staff from Environment Canada and hosted by Saskatoon Emergency Measures Organization. It was very interesting, informative and presenters John & Terri kept us entertained with their humour! 

Emergency Communications Project

New Sponsors

Thank you so much to our latest sponsors! 
  • Prairie Mobile Communications -- They not only donated funding but did a great job in helping to select and then install all the equipment we've purchased to date. 
  • SGI Canada -- SGI recognizes the value in what we're doing. They donated a second time!
  • Saskatoon Police Service -- Not only provided some funding but support us in so many other ways! 

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. 

May 9-10 -  All members to attend Team Leader training days so that our new Leaders have a team to lead! See details below. 

June 4 - 7 pm Preparation for Saturday's search exercise.
June 6 - Full scale search exercise for the day.

Team Leader Course

For Team Leader candidates and those who need to be re-certified.

May 7 - 7 pm at Fire Training Centre.
May 8 - 7 pm, location (in city) TBD.
May 9-10 at Blackstrap Provincial Park. 8:30 am Saturday, overnight to mid-morning Sunday. 


SSAR Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Saskatoon Search and Rescue will be held on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at 116 Ave W S.  Updates about the years' activities and year-end financial statements will be discussed. In addition, a new executive board will be elected. Everyone is encourage to attend. 

Search Dog Basics

This seminar is being held in Regina, July 10 (Friday evening), July 11-12 (full days) and is open to everyone. Further details and registration form can be accessed from our website calendar

SARscene Conference

The annual SARscene conference is being held Oct 24 - 26 in Charlottetown, PEI.  As soon as the website is updated we'll let you know but, in the meantime, mark the dates on your calendars. This is always a great training event! 

Executive and Directors Meeting

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

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. We are getting closer to our goal!
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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