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Saskatoon Search & Rescue

August 2016



SSAR has been activated on four occasions in the past two-month period. Twice by the Saskatoon Police Service for elderly persons with dementia and other health-related issues (both were located quickly and safely) and twice by the RCMP. One was for a missing despondent person near Denholm who, sadly, was located deceased; and the second was a male who had been out mushroom picking near Smeaton. He has not yet been located. The RCMP activations gave us the opportunity to work with other SARSAV chapters and CASARA

This brings our year-to-date total to nine activations and one standby notice. 



The equipment received via the NIF (New Initiatives Fund) grant that SARSAV was awarded has greatly improved our inter-agency communication capabilities in the remote situations we often find ourselves in with other chapters and the RCMP. Radio communications in the Smeaton search went from adequate to excellent in a matter of minutes with our new cargo/comms/logistics trailer setup.

Thanks to Dale Liebrecht for writing this article and explaining the advantages and some of the work that went into it. 


What Else Is Happening 


July training was delivered by our new Training Director, Dale Liebrecht. Dale introduced essential rope and webbing skills that will expand our team's capacity to assist injured or incapacitated people out of an area. Our team will be focusing training on the evacuation phase of the SAME (Search, Access, Medical, Evacuate) sequence of a search event.

Stefani Longueil and her K9 companion, Cash, attended the Search Dog Basics Seminar in Regina. It was a great weekend of learning. Thanks to Mary-Ann Warren of Precision Search Dog for instructing and to SAR Regina President Lloyd Goodwill and RCMP S/Sgt. Pete Garvey for organizing and hosting this training. 

Thank you so much to the Alpine Club of Canada, Saskatchewan Section, for once again donating $500 to our chapter and for recognizing the importance of safety in the outdoors. Their contributions enhance our AdventureSmart programming. 

Dale Liebrecht and Kent Orosz instructed the Master Trainer Radio Communications Course to help members from other Chapters learn how to setup and operate the new radio and communications equipment noted above. Representatives from Prairie Mobile Communications were in attendance to teach the KAS 10 software. 

We have also been extremely busy with fundraising and preventative SAR activities including AdventureSmart presentations and displays at public events. The list of members involved would include almost every member in addition to some family of members! So thank you everyone who helped with the following events:

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, August 4 - 19:00 to 22:00
Thursday, September 8 (Command Staff Only) – 1900 to 2200 hrs
Saturday, September 10 – 0900 to 1600
Thursday October 20 - 1900 to 2200
Saturday October 22 - 0900 to 1600
Thursday November 17 - 1900 to 2200
Saturday November 19 - 0900 to 1600
Thursday December 1 - 1900 to 2200
Saturday December 3 - 0900 to 1600 (to be followed by Christmas Party!)

Multi-Jurisdictional Search Exercise #2

The next Multi-Jurisdictional Search Exercise (MJSE) will be held Sept 16 - 18 at Good Spirit Bible Camp near Springside (near Yorkton) and will be hosted by Parkland Search and Rescue. More details to follow as they become available. 

SARscene Conference

The annual SARscene conference is being held October 15 – 17 in Edmonton. More information about the conference sessions, exhibits, registration and pre-conference workshops is available on the website.

Mental Health First Aid Training

**NOTE DATE CHANGE. Saskatoon Search and Rescue and the Saskatoon Police Service 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. Cost will be approx. $35 to cover the cost of course materials (SSAR members will be covered by SSAR). Note: this course normally costs approx. $180 so this is a great opportunity. Further details and registration information will be made available once they are finalized. 

SARSAV Meeting

The next meeting of the Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers (SARSAV) is Saturday, Sept 10, at 9:30 am at the Saskatoon Travelodge. The meeting is open to all members in good standing of Saskatchewan SAR chapters. 

Executive and Directors Meeting

The next SSAR Executive and Directors meetings will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 6 pm and Thursday, August 25, 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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