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Saskatoon Search & Rescue

December 2016

Search is 

An Emergency

Search is an emergency and SAR members are professionals who must ensure their skills in all areas are kept up to date. SSAR Training Director Dale Liebrecht emphasizes this point in an article about just some of the things we need to do and be extremely good at before we even get on task. As he notes:

"We collectively spend substantial unglorified hours quietly optimizing our level of operational readiness, community prevention advocacy and inter-agency relationship development amongst many other things. Like many SAR field activities, these are sometimes lonely, difficult tasks which get little recognition. This is part of the SAR experience.

The core of our team, no matter how they feel, will always get up, dress up, show up and, most importantly, never give up. That is who we are."  

Read the full article here. 

New Members 

Start Training in January

Another recruit information session was held on November 16 with more than a dozen people coming out to learn more about SSAR and decide if it's a good fit for them. Thanks to Rebecca Basset for again leading this session. 

After a training hike on November 28 with those who will start training in January, it looks like we will have close to 20 people going through the Basic Searcher Course. It was interesting to see how much people learned during that one short hike and it will be fun to see how everyone progresses through the learning process. 

What's Happening 


Thanks to Miles Waghray for representing SSAR at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Saskatoon and laying wreath on behalf of our members. 

Thanks to Jarod Harvey for doing an AdventureSmart presentation with the Egnatoff Beavers and Cub Scouts on November 23. There was a great turnout, with 34 people in attendance.

This video, done by Dale Liebrecht after a recent training day, was a big hit amongst our members and on social media. Setting up the command post and logistics trailer is very exciting stuff!! Thanks also to Dale for leading the training sessions on November 15 and 17. Of particular importance was debriefing a couple recent search activations, discussing the effects of critical incidents and the stresses they can cause to our members. 

On November 24, our members had a very fun morning with reporter Janella Hamilton and the CTV Morning Live crew who profiled SSAR and what we do. Shelley Ballard-McKinlay covered a little bit about our activations and other things that we do; Kent Orosz talked about the technology in the Command Post; Louis Bossaer showed how to do a hypothermia wrap; and Sean Taylor led the mock evidence search. CTV very kindly put the four live hits into one video for us! 

Our display at Gone Wild for Wildlife, hosted by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan and held November 26 at Prairieland Park, attracted a lot of interest from children and adults alike. The AdventureSmart message is an important one. Thanks to Rebecca Basset, Tracy VanBrabant, Sean Taylor, Kent Orosz and Shelley Ballard-McKinlay for staffing the display. 



On October 25, SSAR members were put on standby by the RCMP for a missing male near Punnichy, SK, who had not returned home when expected. The subject was located safely prior to activation. 

On November 20, SSAR members were activated by the RCMP in relation to an incident near Snowden, SK, in which a young girl had been abducted by her father. In very sad circumstances, both the father and daughter were located deceased. 

Training and Events

Monthly Training Meetings

Training sessions are generally held the first Thursday and Saturday of the month unless otherwise noted. Location of the training will be announced prior to each date. 
Thursday, December 1 - 1900 to 2200
Saturday, December 3 - 0900 to 1600 (to be followed by Christmas Party!)
The next Basic Searcher Course starts in January and will finish in May. The course will run in conjunction with Advanced SAR Skills training for current members. 

Thursday, January 12 - 1900 to 2200
Saturday, January 14 - 0900 to 1700

Thursday, February 2 - 1900 to 2200
Saturday, February 4 - 0900 to 1700

Thursday, March 9 - 1900 to 2200
Saturday, March 11 - 0900 to 1700

Thursday, April 6 - 1900 to 2200
Saturday, April 8 - 0900 to 1700

Thursday, May 4 - 1900 to 2200
Saturday - Sunday, May 6-7 - Overnight weekend and final testing for members in training. 

Mental Health First Aid Training

Saskatoon Search and Rescue will be hosting a Mental Health First Aid course on January 7 & 8, 2017. The course is very valuable to SAR members as it teaches how to help people who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Members of all Saskatchewan SAR Chapters are welcome to attend. The course will be held in the Saskatoon Police Service Community Room. There are very few spaces left so those interested should register as soon as possible by sending an email to

We are very thankful to Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation for providing funding to help cover the cost of course materials and lunch. Thank you so much!!


Multi-Jurisdictional Search Exercise

The next MJSE, hosted by SARSAV and organized by North Corman Park SAR, will be held May 12-14. More details will be provided when available.

Executive and Directors Meeting

The next SSAR Executive and Directors meetings will be held on Thursday, January 26, at 7 pm. These are business-style meetings of our chapter and are generally 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
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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