Tag: management

Situational Awareness: Sledder vs Skier

In my last post on this subject I wrote about how skiers have an advantage over sledders in that they have more opportunity to observe conditions as they travel through terrain. Today, some observations on the flip side of the

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William Fisher Search Review

William Fisher Search Review The running joke at Comox Valley SAR is that if we’re having a social event bring your gear: we’re about to have a task. True to form, our last call out occurred on the way to

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A Social Media Policy for SAR

If you are rescued by a Search and Rescue team tomorrow, what kind of behaviour would you expect from the team? I know that most people would probably just be grateful to be warm and dry, but the question comes up

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Social Media in SAR Management: Getting The Word Out

I’ve been reading about “SMEM,” or Social Media in Emergency Management. It’s quite a buzz word, and there’s a LOT of talk on the internet about it. Our SAR team has had a few instances where it’s been useful, and

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Situational Awareness: Skier vs Sledder

Situational Awareness is a risk-management keyword that’s being used more and more often. It basically means the perception of your environment, and comprehension of what your observations mean. It’s used in the context of risk management when some action is

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SAR and Crowdsourced Maps

The months of September and October have been almost all urban searches for me, a new SAR manager. A few weeks ago we searched for a missing man in North Burnaby, a very urban environment. I’ll give the ending away;

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Personal Locator Beacons from the Rescuer’s Perspective


A case study of a recent rescue in Southwest BC My SAR Team just completed a rescue of three stranded hikers in the DeBeck Creek area north of Coquitlam, on the west side of Pitt Lake. If this sounds familiar

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SAR Manager (in name only)

After an intense 4 day course (two of those days were 13 hours long), I’ve managed to pass the SAR Manager’s evaluation and exam. People came from all over BC: from as far north as Stewart, BC where the SAR

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A “promotion”

I’m moving up. I’m going to be a manager. Being in BC, we get more SAR tasks than the rest of Canada combined. Being in the southwest part of BC, we get 36% of all the tasks in BC. This

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Excercise SILVER

An Earthquake near Tsawwassen, a structure fire on Hamilton Street, a gas leak at Robson and Cambie, and a dirty bomb in Agasiz. Just another day in Excercise Silver. Silver, the second in the series of preperatory emergency excercises leading

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