Scent Dog News • December 2016 The Search And Rescue Dog Association of Alberta

Passed Active Re-Certification with EPS (HRD)

Mike Arychuk with Jaida and Maryann Warren with Twang with EPS evaluator, Sgt Rod Koshowski, DEOPS

Passed Active re-Certification with EPS (Live Find)

Lisa Irving and Zane (on the right)

Passed Active Certification with EPS for the first time

Julia Case and Valla
Lisa Irving and Zero (on the left)

Passed Active Level Disaster Dog Evaluations • August 13, 2016

Cathy & Vie
Lisa & Zane (on the right)
Carlene & Jake
Don & Ranger

Passed Field Tech

Pete MacKay

New Members

Don Huestis; Field Tech
Kate Dean and Jenga
Allan MacDonald and Bo
Patricia Coggan; Field Tech
Cameron Mills; Friend of SARDAA
Morgan Wolsey and Payne
Rebecca Preiner and Raziel

Moving On

Thank you Don Carriere and Ranger!

Alberta Emergency Services Medal

To be eligible for the medal, personnel must have been serving on or after January 1, 2000, in a sector of the Alberta emergency management system (including search & rescue).

Personnel must have undertaken all required phases of training and duty prescribed by their respective municipalities and ministries, and must be certified by their administrative authority as efficient and in every way deserving of the award.

A nomination must be based on a total of at least twelve years of service with one or more municipal, provincial or federal emergency services in the province of Alberta. Notification of eligibility, plus verification, must be made by the endorsed administrator of the organization.

This year we are delighted to have three more SARDAA members receiving this medal – Paula Hale, Steve Otto and Anita Schmidt. The National SAR Secretariat chose to present four of this year’s medal recipients at the awards banquet at SARScene; Paula was chosen to receive her medal at this event. Steve and Anita will be presented with their medals in the new year.

Maryann Warren and Michelle Limoges received this Medal in 2009.

SARScene 2016 – October 12-17

by Michelle L. Limoges

SARDAA was very well represented at SARScene 2016! SARDAA provided free registration to all members who wished to attend, and I was involved as part of the Alberta planning committee.

The conference offered several pre-conference training sessions that some of our members attended – Human Bone Identification, Initial Actions NASAR course, and SAR GIS mapping.

The SARDAA boat was an integral part of the cold water instruction on the Friday; kudos to Kerrie and Sam for braving the foot of snow to participate as the ‘safety boat’!!! Sam particularly enjoyed using his winch to rescue vehicles from the boat launch area.

Kerrie and Sam prepare the SARDAA boat in all weather

SARDAA also participated at Field Day in Laurier Park with a booth and demonstrations; although the crowds were sparse due to the snowy weather, I believe we enjoyed ourselves.

SARScene 2016 'Volunteers' Zane and Jake

There were several presentations during the body of the conference that were of interest to our members – SAR K9 Health and Conditioning, Effective Teams, Leadership, Harmonization and Data Mapping workshop, SAR Dog deployment for SAR managers, and K9 Search Strategies.

Copies of presentations made at SARScene can be found on the SAR Alberta web site.

Wilderness First Aid course (August 2016)

Victim, David, is immobilized and packaged for transport

A total of 18 SARDAA, Klondike Trail SAR and Edmonton Regional members took part in Wilderness First Aid training conducted by Doug Ritchie of Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine. Many thanks to Kathy and Pete for making this training happen. Cathy did the grant application and organizing; Pete kindly supplied the venue!

St. Albert Pet Valu Donation

Many thanks to Pet Valu St Albert for their kind donation in July. (pic)

Hometown Heroes at Cabela's

SAR Dog Vi and Handler Cathy greet the public at Cabela's on November 12, 2016
SAR Dog Twang receives some attention from young visitors at Cabela's on November 12, 2016
Scent Dog News is produced quarterly by the Search and Rescue Dog Association of Alberta. All rights reserved; no part of this publication may be reproduced for any purpose without written permission from SARDAA. All correspondence pertaining to the newsletter should be sent to - Michelle Limoges, c/o PO Box 68098, 162 Bonnie Doon Mall, Edmonton, AB T6C 4N6 • Phone: (780) 468-6245 • E-mail: Web site: Articles, news, other information will gladly be considered for publication; SARDAA reserves the right to refuse or edit any material submitted.


All photographs ©2016. Search And Rescue Dog Association of Alberta

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