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Using YourLo.ca/tion for SAR

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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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Who is paying for SAR in BC?

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Who is paying for SAR in BC? A better question is, where does the money come from and how is it used? The BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) released a discussion paper last year that effectively answers most of these

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Cypress Mountain and charging for rescue

Picture credit Trevor Hawkins

Cypress Mountain has recently posted signage at the entrance to several backcountry trails that pass through the ski area regarding changes in the policy. The most troubling of these signs is the following which states that anyone calling for rescue

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SAR in BC for UAV operators

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In my ongoing series about the operational use of UAVs for Search and Rescue, today I’d like to post about how a UAV operator can understand how Search and Rescue in British Columbia works, and where UAV operations fit in.

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