January 15 and 17-18 were our first training events of the year. Thankfully the weather cooperated!
On Thursday evening we reviewed accidental hypothermia and frostbite and worked on tabletop exercises related to these cold injuries.
Saturday afternoon we spent time practicing shelter building, signaling and fires. Our overnight scenario required a short search for two hypothermic subjects who required treatment until evacuation in the morning. Teams had to monitor and care for subjects in the field throughout the night. Members in the command post also practiced completing documentation and switching leads. This is very important knowledge to have for searches of a longer duration.
Thanks to Floyd Besserer who led the hypothermia and frostbite review; Jarod Harvey, Mark Wells and Rod Miskolczi for organizing Saturday afternoon training; and to Jeff Baxter, Rebecca Basset and Shelley Ballard-McKinlay for planning the overnight scenario. Special thanks to our two volunteers subjects, Jason Swan and Spencer Pitzel, for using their medical knowledge to provide constructive feedback and for being willing to be under-dressed for the weather and put their trust in the SSAR team to care for them for the night!
On January 12th SSAR had a booth at the Saskatoon showing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Jarod Harvey and Nelson Martell provided information about our Chapter and about Preventative Search and Rescue. Thanks to the Saskatchewan Section, Alpine Club of Canada for their support of our attendance.
SSAR provided first aid services at the PotashCorp Skate Party on January 25th during the PotashCorp WinterShines 2015 festival at the Meewasin skating rink. The weather was fantastic so there were lots of people in attendance skating their best! Thanks to Henry Eng, Shawn Bursey, Mike Galbiati-Bourassa and Sherry Buller for assisting at the function.