Not Just a Volunteer

Ski near Golden

A friend of mine posted the following comment on social media recently that resonated with me. No one here is “just a volunteer”. You are in a life saving organization. That’s quite an insight. You’re not “just a volunteer”. This

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What does an under-funded SAR system look like?

My dog and I, "skiing" near the head of Indian Arm

I’ve talked about SAR funding on this blog a lot in the past year. It’s been on my mind, and on that of other SAR members in BC, mostly because of a grant a few years back that brought together

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Measuring GPS Precision

Garmin GPSMap 62st

Two years ago I wrote a post on how to measure your own GPS accuracy, and followed that up with a post on measuring the accuracy of a smartphone GPS. This was in a series of posts on GPS units

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Avalanche Journal Article on UAVs in SAR

I wrote a short piece summarizing the current state of UAV use in Canada with respect to Search and Rescue for the Canadian Avalanche Association’s Avalanche Journal, linked below (page 14)

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Tax Credit not an “Incentive”

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There’s been a bit of media attention given to the tax credit announced by the federal government in the budget yesterday (see my post for more details). A friend of mine asked me if I was in favour of this,

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Tax Credit for SAR Volunteers

Travel on lightly snow-covered rocks

Today, the federal government of Canada introduced a tax credit for SAR volunteers. The relevant text from the budget is included in it’s entirety below (pages 229-230). Not included are details in Annex 2 (pages 321 and 322) which I

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Who is paying for SAR in BC?

SAR Funding Uses

Who is paying for SAR in BC? A better question is, where does the money come from and how is it used? The BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) released a discussion paper last year that effectively answers most of these

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Avalanche Transceivers and Tin Foil

BCA Tracker DTS and Tracker 2

I recorded the following video to demonstrate one of the many well known effects of tin foil, and other metals, on a radio frequency (RF) source. Note, see the update at the end of this article. Wrapping the beacon in

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North Shore Five Four

Tim Jones Horse Alexis Creek

I first met Tim Jones on my second or third ever SAR call when our team was assisting North Shore Rescue in the spring of 2000. Being on the team immediately to the east, I’ve worked with members of North

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