Tag: SAR

SAR Missing Persons Database

Last week a member of my SAR team’s RCMP detachment contacted us about whether we would like to take a look at a few cold cases they had on file to see if we could offer any advice. This made me

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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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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

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 YourLo.ca/tion for SAR

A quick tutorial on how to use YourLo.ca/tion 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

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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