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Saskatoon Search & Rescue

May 2014 Newsletter

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There was a great turnout at the Prospective Members' Meeting on April 14. So many interested people with lots of valuable skills and experience. Thanks to Jarod Harvey for leading this session and to Sean Taylor and Shelley Ballard-McKinlay who also attended to help welcome everyone. 

Near-Water Search Strike Team training was held April 10 and 12 with both pool and outdoor sessions. It was an interesting and confidence-building experience to jump into the water with clothing and heavy pack and know that you were going to be okay. Thanks to the Shaw Centre and Saskatoon EMO for supporting our training; Rebecca Basset and Nelson Martell for organizing and instructing the pool session; and Jeff Baxter and Rebecca for organizing and instructing the outdoor session. (Photo album on our Facebook page.)

Are you interested in taking a Critical Incident Stress Management Course? See details below

May is going to be a busy month! Joint training with Saskatoon Police Service, Bike SAR Course, Search Manager Course and much more!

Shield Award Winner

Scott Wright

Congratulations once again to Scott Wright for being the 2014 recipient of the Shield Award from the Saskatoon Fire Department. What a great way to celebrate National Volunteer Week! (Read the full article and member profile here.)

Training and Events

Monthly Training Meetings

All Thursday evening training sessions are held at the Fire Training Centre, 116 Ave W S, unless otherwise specified. Field days are generally held the following Saturday.
  • May 1 - 7 pm - Final training/preparation for joint training with Saskatoon Police Service.
  • Sunday, May 4 - Time/Place TBD. Joint training exercise.
  • June 5 - 7 pm - Topic TBD
  • June 7 - Time/Place/Topic TBD

Bike SAR Course

On Saturday, May 10, 8:30 am - 5 pm, we will be hosting a Bike SAR course. Start and finish will be at the Fire Training Centre.

Mountain bikes are a valuable addition to ground search and rescue as they can cover more terrain faster than someone on foot, while avoiding the disadvantages of motorized vehicle. On this course SSAR members will learn the role of bikes in SAR, how to search while riding a bike, technical riding skills, bike maintenance and much more. 


Search Manager Course

A Search Manager course will be held in Saskatoon with multiple date options to allow flexibility for the attendees.
  • Search Manager re-certifications May 26-28 or May 30-June 1
  • New Search Manager certifications May 24-28 or May 24-25 and May 30-June 1
  • SMIRIC (Search Manager Initial Response Incident Commander) certifications and re-certifications May 24-25
Search managerThe course will be instructed by Scott Wright and based on the Emergency Response Institute (ERI) curriculum (updated since ERI was purchased by Tundra Group).
Prerequisites for new SSAR Search Managers are current Team Leader, member in good standing, committed to training, desire to work as a Search Manager and the support of the Chapter President. If you are interested please email SSAR President, Jeff Baxter by April 30.

For recertification, send previous training information to Scott. The registration deadline is April 30, to be emailed directly to Scott.


Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Course

Saskatoon EMO is hosting a CISM course September 15-17Topics will include group crisis intervention, individual crisis intervention and peer support. The instructor is Bruce Ramsay.   

Members who are interested in taking this course should reply to Rebecca Basset by May 28th. The cost of this course is $260 however EMO has generously offered a discounted rate for SSAR members and SSAR will pay 50% of the remainder. Therefore, the cost to members attending will be $100. 

Executive and Directors Meeting

The next SSAR Executive and Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, May 29, starting at 7 pm. These are the 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 Executive and Directors meetings, please email us.


And More . . . 

Check our website for more events and training such as: 

Gear, Gadgets, Gizmos

And Other Cool Stuff

Are you a gear junkie? Do you research stuff to death before buying? If so, these gear review websites might be for you!

Are you a hacker, fixer or improver? Are you looking for that 11th "essential" item? If so, this hi-tech Play-Doh called Sugru might be for you! If nothing else, they've got a fun video
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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