SAR Expertise doesn’t come free

Tingle Peak

As a SAR volunteer with over a decade’s worth of experience, from time to time I get asked for my opinion about things related to Search and Rescue, technology, SAR operations, and the intersection between them. It’s not unexpected, in this

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Distracted Driving and SAR

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The penalty for distracted driving in BC is now $543. It tripled on June 1st, 2016. The thing you may not know is that using a hand held radio is considered to be the same as using a cell phone under

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UAV Exemption myths

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I’ve heard some comments here and there that lead me to believe that some SAR groups think they can operate a UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) under the Transport Canada’s exception for sub 2kg UAVs. The reality is that the conditions in this exception are very

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Uniforms in SAR

Take a look at these soldiers They are members of the Spanish Legion, and while you or I may think they look a little funny they are proud of their uniforms. Uniforms you ask? Yes, those are their dress uniforms.

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On Being a Hero

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My SAR team is doing a recruiting cycle and this always leads to questions about what kind of person we need to join a SAR team. My answer is always “someone who does not want to be a hero”. You’d

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Sea to Sky Director

The Stawamus Chief

For those who haven’t heard I am running for the BC Search and Rescue Association Regional Director for the Sea to Sky. That’s a long title for a job to represent the 8 Ground SAR groups in the Sea to Sky region. Those teams

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SARDay 3 through 36

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Wow. I really thought that I’d be able to reproduce the SARDay posts this year, but it turns out a lot has changed. The first is that I’m heavily involved in designing and building my team’s new Mobile Command Centre and this is essentially

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Would signs help?

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I was driving across the country through the US in the late 90’s and I came across these little white crosses along the side of the road in Montana. There are LOTS of them. It turns out that these are

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Funding announcement this week

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Some initial comments on the 10 million funding announcement for BCSARA today. Putting the money where it belongs First off, a 10 million dollar disbursement from the government to the BC Search and Rescue Association puts right up front the message

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“Malfunctioning” Satellite messengers

Tingle Peak

In the past year I’ve heard of two situations where the improper use of a satellite emergency notification device (SEND) such as an DeLorme InReach or SPOT Messenger have caused SAR to be called out to search. In both cases I suspect user

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