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Saskatoon Search & Rescue

November 2015

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What's Happening 

At SSAR


We're looking forward to the SARVAC workshop being held in Saskatoon, November 6 - 8. There are some really good topics and this is a great opportunity for SAR members across the province!

Congratulations to Tracy VanBrabant who successfully completed the AdventureSmart Train the Trainer course during the SARscene Conference which was held October 21-26 in Prince Edward Island. Diane VanBrabant and Scott Wright, alon lso attended the conference and all report lots of great learning that they can bring back to the Chapter. More details will be published in next month's newsletter. 

On Sept 26-27, three SSAR members, 
Kent Orosz, Sherry Buller and Henry Eng, headed to Melville where they instructed the Basic Searcher Course for the newly formed Parkland SAR Chapter. Parkland area did not have any trained members at the beginning of September but by the end of the month, they had ten newly trained members eager to continue training. They were instructed on everything from basic search techniques, equipment, navigation, to radio procedure and basic knots. They now look forward to developing their skills and expanding into new areas.  Saskatoon Search and Rescue wishes this new group the best in their continued growth and development.

Thanks to Kent Orosz and Shelley Ballard-McKinlay who led the navigation training days in October. With navigation being such an important, but perishable, skill, this was organized for all members in addition to being part of SSAR's Basic Searcher Course. 
 

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 in the classroom at the Fire Training Centre, 116 Ave W S, unless otherwise specified. Field days are generally held the following Saturday. 
 

Upcoming Training events:


NOTE: The Basic Searcher Course and regularly scheduled training for all members is occurring on many similar dates and times. Please review carefully to know what sessions apply to you. Members are encouraged to attend the Basic Searcher sessions to practice their skills and provide leadership in the field. 

November 6 - 8 - All Members - SARVAC conference - see details below.

Thursday, November 19 (Note date change from previous newsletter!) - Basic Searchers and All Members - night search - 7pm - Location to be sent to members closer to the date.

Saturday, November 21 (Note date change from previous newsletter!) - Basic Searchers - theory, search types, note-taking expectations, evidence handling, and basic search tasks. There will be a review at the end of the day. 8:30 am - classroom. All members - Field day exercises to be held in the afternoon. More details to follow. 

Thursday, December 3 - Basic Searchers – Final theory topics and preparation for skills day. Members - hypothermia review, winter search preparedness, mini table top exercises, accident report form review, and patient record form review. 
Saturday, December 5 - Basic Searchers - 10 am, final skills assessment. All Members - winter exercise - mid day to after midnight  location. Objectives are to test two operational periods and change of search managers. More details to follow. Locations TBD. 
 

SARVAC Conference in Saskatoon


A conference hosted by SARVAC (Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada) will be held at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon, November 6 (evening only), 7 and 8. All Saskatchewan SAR members are encouraged to attend. Deadline for registration is November 2.


Executive and Directors Meeting


The next SSAR Executive and Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, November 26, 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
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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