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Social Media Action Plan for SAR

YourLo.cation Instagram

In my previous post I hinted at the need for a social media action plan for Search and Rescue. I’d like to present that plan here and ask for feedback from the SAR community. The current Subject Profile (ICS 301) and Lost Person

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Locating lost people using Social Media


SAR members will know all about the missing person forms included in ICS (Incident Command System). ICS form 302 is titled “Lost Person Questionnaire” and contains a field for almost every piece of information that could possibly help SAR find a missing

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How far did I go?


Back in the day we read guidebooks, and those told us how long a hike was. We also used maps, and would estimate distances using a ruler, and a scale. The modern way is to carry a GPS, and trust it

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Uses for UAVs in SAR

QuadCopter UAV

I realized that despite thinking a lot, and taking to a lot of people about the various uses for UAVs in Search and Rescue, I have not actually posted some of those ideas to the blog. Allow me to correct that. First, I’d

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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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Measuring GPS Precision

Garmin GPSMap 62st

Two years ago I wrote a post on how to measure your own GPS accuracy, and followed that up with a post on measuring the accuracy of a smartphone GPS. This was in a series of posts on GPS units

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SAR in BC for UAV operators


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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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: the basics

QuadCopter UAV

As I wrote last week, I spent a lot of time this past year investigating the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Search and Rescue. In 2012 I spoke with major manufacturers prior to attending SARScene 2012. When I got

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Current Crowdsourced SAR effort on the North Shore

HETS boot

North Shore Rescue is undertaking a laudable attempt to reproduce the crowdsourced SAR technique used in a major search in 2010 for the current search for missing British tourist Tom Billings. I documented the groundbreaking efforts of a friend of

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Silver Alert

Forest Trail

This is part four of my week-long series of posts on issues relating to dementia and SAR. In Part 1 I outline the basic issues pertaining to urban search and make the case for a specialized resource. In Part 2

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