Category: Short Posts

Out of Bounds Skiers are not the problem

I posit the following: There’s no appreciable difference between an out of bounds skier and most other rescues SAR does. Aside from the fact that out of bounds skiers represent a very small number of the total rescues BC SAR

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SAR Expertise doesn’t come free

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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UAV Exemption myths

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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Most popular posts 2015

The most popular posts on my blog for the year 2015 are, with one exception, posts that I wrote in previous years. I don’t know what that says about my blogging this year – perhaps I am getting worse or

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URL Redirection Rant

A few months back I had to deal with a “webmaster” on a national site that deals with public safety information. They had some very critical public safety information at a link and literally hundreds of web sites linked to

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Your worst day

Think of your worst day. Everyone has them. The death of a family member comes very high on the list, as does personal injury. Many SAR incidents are the worst day for the friends and family of people we search for

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A decade of long line rescue

In 2005 I was selected with another member of Coquitlam SAR to be a part of North Shore Rescue’s HETS (long line rescue) team. This led to being selected to be a part of the 2010 Olympics Long Line Rescue team,

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#TrailHeadSelfie

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

SAR Teams use social media as part of their investigation into a missing person — and if they don’t, they have to start immediately. In fact, two easy ways SAR teams can use social media as an investigative tool are as follows: the Social

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SAR Team Diversity as strength

One of the most interesting things I have noticed about Search and Rescue teams is this; they are made of volunteers who have “regular jobs” — outside of SAR. This means that every SAR volunteer has an expertise in addition to SAR, something they

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