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Saskatoon Search & Rescue

October 2014

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Emergency Communications Project 

Our Sponsors

In August, Saskatoon Search and Rescue embarked on a major fundraising initiative for our Emergency Communications Project. We are thrilled that two organizations have already put their support behind us!

Thank you so much to SGI CANADA and the Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation for recognizing the value that SSAR brings to the community and the importance of good communication. 

"SGI CANADA is pleased to support Saskatoon Search and Rescue," said Penny McCune, Vice President of Customer and Distribution Strategy. "I would like to take the opportunity to thank those who volunteer their time and assist Emergency Responders when crisis strikes." Read more . . . 

We are actively seeking organizations or individuals who may be interested in supporting this project. Please contact us at 



Evidence Search

Training Day

debrief photoOn September 20 we had an excellent training day! Dr. Ernie Walker and RCMP Sgt. Pete Garvey did classroom presentations on evidence searches, followed by an afternoon of outdoor scenarios. We are so lucky to have these experts in our own backyard! Thank you Dr. Walker and Sgt. Garvey!

It was also a great opportunity to work with members of the Saskatoon Police Service and SARSAV (Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers) chapters from Regina, North Corman Park, Big River, Prince Albert North, Porcupine Plain and Hwy 55.

Special thanks to the Saskatoon Police Service for providing coffee and classroom space and to University Heights Safeway for providing lunch! 

Thanks to SSAR member Mark Wells for his take on the training: 

"The morning started with coffee. Not my personal thing, but most of the participants in the course appreciated the morning java fix . . . " Read more . . . 

What's Happening 


On August 23 - 24 SSAR members were responsible for first aid duties at the International Society of Arboriculture Tree Climbing Competition. It was a fun and interesting event to watch and we were very impressed with the safety focus of this event. Thanks to Kent Orosz for organizing our attendance and to Shelley Ballard-McKinlay, Sherry Buller, Mike Galbiati-Bourassa and Sean Taylor for helping out. 

We had so much training in September! Thank you so much to the following members:

  • Rebecca Basset (lead instructor), Shelley Ballard-McKinlay, Jarod Harvey, Rod Miskolczi for instructing the Basic Searcher weekend and to Louis Bossaer, Sherry Buller, Henry Eng, Jarrett Erker, Nelson Martell, and Tracy VanBrabant for coming out to assist the new recruits;
  • All the new Basic Searcher recruits for working so hard during their first month of training;
  • Jeff Baxter for leading the near-water search training;
  • Jeff Baxter for leading the Search Manager training evening;
  • Rebecca Basset for leading the first aid scenario training day and Shelley Ballard-McKinlay for assisting. 
  • Shelley Ballard-McKinlay for organizing the evidence search training day and for liaising with Kim Audette of the RCMP SK SAR team to attend their search training on Sept 24 & 25. 

Thanks to Saskatoon EMO and the Saskatoon Police Service who hosted a CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) course. SSAR members Shelley Ballard-McKinlay, Rebecca Basset, Sherry Buller, Kate Davies, Sean Taylor and SSAR recruit Shelly Ottley attended this training. 

Jeff Baxter attended a workshop on Ambiguous Loss by Duane Bowers who spoke about providing support for families of missing children. This was hosted by the Provincial Partnership Committee on Missing Persons and was a very informative presentation. 

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

Thursday, Oct 2 – 7 pm
Saturday, Oct 4 - Field Day for Basic Searcher candidates but all members are strongly encouraged to attend. This will be a navigation training day and practicing these skills is absolutely essential! â€“ time/location TBD

Saturday, Oct 18 - Field Day - time/location TBD

Saturday, Nov 1 - First Aid Certification and Recertification course, 8 am - 7 pm at the Fire Training Centre. Cost is $100 for full course, $60 for recertification. Anyone expiring within the next 6-12 months should attend. Those interested should contact Rebecca as soon as possible. 
Thursday, Nov 6 – 7 pm
Saturday, Nov 8 - Field Day – time/location TBD
December – Basic Searcher candidates will have a final skills assessment and knowledge review. Date/time/location TBD.  

SARscene Conference

The annual SARscene conference is being held Oct 30 - Nov 3 in Niagara Falls, ON. Registration is now open and a schedule of presentations and training is on their website

SARSAV Meeting

The next meeting of the Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers (SARSAV) is Saturday, December 6, 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 meeting will be held on Thursday, October 30, 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. 
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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