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Search and Rescue in Metro Vancouver


A few facts about Search and Rescue in the Metro Vancouver area. There are 5 Ground SAR groups in Metro Vancouver’s actual boundaries Coquitlam SAR Lions Bay SAR North Shore Rescue Ridge Meadows SAR Surrey SAR Between the 5 teams there are

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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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UAV use cases for SAR

a UAV from Kaizen Kinetics Inc.

This is part three of my series of posts on the operational use of UAVs for SAR. The first post was on the basics of UAV use in Canada, and the second was on how SAR works in BC for

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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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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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UAV Operations for Canadian SAR Teams


Earlier this year I wrote a quick primer on SAR in BC for UAV operators. Today I’d like to write a quick note on the flip side of that coin, information the SAR teams need to know. I covered this material before, but I keep

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TrueNorth public beta

Mount Mamquam area

Over the years I’ve run this site I’ve done a lot of thinking about Search and Rescue and technology. I’ve written and presented on maps, coordinates, and GPS, among other things. I’ve brought these ideas to four incarnations of Canada’s national SAR conference, and talked

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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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Tax Credit not an “Incentive”


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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