Search Exercise in NWT. Lots of upcoming training and events!
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Saskatoon Search & Rescue

March 2014 Newsletter

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SSAR President, Jeff Baxter, recently took part in a major Search and Rescue exercise in Yellowknife, NWT. His role was both Search Manager and Exercise Director. What a great experience! 

It's great that so many people are interested in learning more about SSAR. See information below about our next Prospective Members' Meeting on April 14 and encourage people to attend to see what we're all about!

The Basic Searcher Course continued on February 2 and 4 with an evening classroom session and a very "crisp" winter field day where new participants learned basic winter survival skills, shelter building, hypothermia wraps and signalling. Teams Leaders assisted in leading the tasks. Thanks to Jarod Harvey, Rod Miskolczi and Kent Orosz for instructing. 

winter field day

(Back row: Kent Orosz, Jarrett Erker, Sean Taylor, Sherry Buller, Ashley Buller, Jarod Harvey, Rod Miskolczi. Front row: Henry Eng, Mark Wells, Mike Galbaiti-Bourassa.)

On February 17 we celebrated Family Day by providing first aid services for the Cameco Skating Party at the Meewasin Skating Rink. This was a great event to provide public awareness about our group. Thanks to Rebecca Basset, Sherry Buller, Henry Eng, Chris Franko and Kent Orosz for attending. 

There is a lot of training and other events coming up in the next few months. Check out our training and events schedule and start putting some dates on your calendar!

This month's "Gear, Gadgets, Gizmos" section features a couple favourite items from one of our members. 

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!

Training and Events

Monthly Training Meetings

All Thursday evening training sessions are held at the Fire Training Centre, 114 Ave W S, unless otherwise specified. Field days are generally held the following Saturday.
  • March 6 - 7 pm - Track 1: Basic Searcher Course - intro to navigation. Track 2: Advanced navigation skills, intro to Ozi map program. Tasks and training in preparation for the May joint training exercise with the Saskatoon Police Service, held in conjunction with National Emergency Preparedness Week and Provincial Missing Persons Week. 
  • March 15 - Field Day - 9 am at Diefenbaker Park. Focus will be on navigation skills, Team Leader task briefings and note taking. The training committee has some fun challenges for us!
  • April 10 - 7 pm - Track 1: Basic Searcher Course - near water search safety theory. Track 2: Night navigation and searcher safety.
  • April 12 - 1 to 9 pm, location TBD. Near water search training, including actual in-water skills, and night navigation.
  • May 1 - 7 pm - Final training/preparation for joint training with Saskatoon Police Service.
  • May 4 - Time/Place TBD. Joint training exercise.
A full list of training dates for the next several months can be found on the calendar page of our website.

SARSAV Annual General Meeting

Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers (SARSAV) will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday, March 8, starting at 9:30 am, at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon. All current members of Saskatchewan SAR chapters are welcome to attend.

AdventureSmart Presenter Training

Following the SARSAV AGM, AdventureSmart presenter training will be provided from 1 - 4:30 pm at the Travelodge Hotel. The main focus will be on the Survive Outside program. All members of Saskatchewan SAR chapters are welcome to attend. Please contact Bobbi Buchanan at to register. 

Executive and Directors Meeting

The next SSAR Executive and Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, March 27, 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.

Prospective Members' Meeting

A Prospective Members' Meeting will be held on Monday, April 14, 7 pm at the Fire Training Centre, 116 Ave W S. This session will provide an overview of Saskatoon Search and Rescue, membership expectations and training requirements. Please contact Membership Director Jarod Harvey if you are interested in attending. 

Disaster Operations and the Communications Center

APCO International is hosting this one-day seminar on April 17 from 8 am - 5 pm at the Parktown Hotel in Saskatoon. "The course covers a wide range of man-made and natural disasters, their effects on the community and its infrastructure and the response and recovery needs of each. In addition, this course will provide tele communicators with information on overall emergency management and homeland security and provide guidance on continuity of operations for the Communications Center in the face of a multitude of disaster situations." Cost is $199. Contact Mike Reschny at or 306-374-5800 for more information. 

Gear, Gadgets, Gizmos

And Other Cool Stuff

It's better than duct tape! Really it is. Gear Aid Tenacious Tape can be used to patch and repair all your outdoor gear without leaving a sticky mess. It comes in a variety of colours that make repairs almost invisible. (One of our members put a Tenacious Tape patch on a rip in a pair of pants over 2 years ago and it's still holding strong!)

Looking for a super lightweight, compact set of hiking poles? Again, highly recommended by one of our members, check out the Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Pole.
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