Confusion and Delay

Confusion and Delay

Having a child, I’ve watched a lot of Thomas the Tank Engine. The trains get up to trouble, and this guy comes around and scolds them, saying “You have caused CONFUSION and DELAY.” One of the primary goals of a

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Be wary of the silences

Jeff Smedley

The following is a guest post by Jeff Smedley from Prince George SAR. Jeff is a very well respected member of the BC SAR community, and teaches SAR Management; he was one of my instructors. This post originally appeared on Jeff’s

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Using for SAR Tracking Page

A quick tutorial on how to use to assist a SAR team (or any first responder) to help you locate a missing person. Features Free: Multiple messaging platforms: Email, SMS, online Request and response logging push technology for instant alerting

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What was the largest search in BC History?

SAR Incidents by Week (2003 to 2010)

The short answer is that I can’t answer that question. The longer answer is, how do you measure “biggest?” A few years back I created a BC Search and Rescue information system by reading all of he EMBC Incident Summaries and

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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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