The future of public safety communications

SFU AMECom Truck

Last week I was hired to assist as a field assistant by Peter Anderson and Stephen Braham of the SFU Telematics Research Lab with Phase three and four testing of a project they have named “Deployment of Unified Networks for

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RCMP to be charged for CH-149 Cormorant


People in BC are used to seeing the CH-149 Cormorant helicopter, based at 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Comox, BC. This helicopter is the Canadian Forces SAR helicopter. It costs about $30,000 an hour to operate, and soon, if

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I wrote just over a year and a half ago. As I described the project, I had heard of systems out there that used cell phones to locate people; when my friend and SAR colleague Tom mentioned one to

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No Duff!


Last weekend saw the results of several months work by myself and a few very close SAR friends. The first, possibly annual SARxSW (SAREx SoutWest) conference. After complaining for several years to my colleagues at BCSARA that British Columbia should have our very

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Building the citizen’s Silver Alert

BC Silver Alert

Last year I was part of the SAR group that managed the early stages of the search for a missing elderly man with Dementia in the Coquitlam area. This wasn’t the first such search I’ve done, and it won’t be the last,

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Social Media for Large Scale Incidents

Share designed by Michael Rowe from the Noun Project

Large scale Search and Rescue operations are rare and present interesting challenges for the agency in charge. One of those challenges is the role of the public information officer, or PIO. To quote from ICS Canada’s description The Information Officer is responsible for interfacing

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Canadian GSAR Core Competency Standard


The draft document for the GSAR Core Competency Standard, a joint effort by the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has been posted for review. If you’ve ever wondered what SARVAC does, this

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Social Media Action Plan for SAR

YourLo.cation Instagram

In my previous post I hinted at the need for a social media action plan for Search and Rescue. I’d like to present that plan here and ask for feedback from the SAR community. The current Subject Profile (ICS 301) and Lost Person

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Locating lost people using Social Media


SAR members will know all about the missing person forms included in ICS (Incident Command System). ICS form 302 is titled “Lost Person Questionnaire” and contains a field for almost every piece of information that could possibly help SAR find a missing

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Guidelines for posting about missing persons

Late last year I wrote a series about dementia, and included an article on the silver alert. First a little background. I’ve been writing software for justice and public safety for the past few years and as part of that work have

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