In 2017 we logged over 3800 training hours!
Our Training Committee planned and organized our training days to meet and exceed the standards for ground search and rescue operations across Canada, as set out by the Canadian Standards Association.
This dedication means that when a loved one goes missing, our professional volunteers are there to assist our agencies of jurisdiction and help locate that missing person.
In January 2017 we started another Basic Searcher Course and, at the end of May, welcomed 15 newly certified Basic Searchers. SAR is hard! It takes a lot of time, effort and dedication to be a SAR member.
Five members completed their advanced qualifications to become Team Leaders.
As our provincial organization SARSAV (Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers) works diligently to establish the required framework for canine search and rescue, two of our team members and their four-legged partners are actively training in anticipation and working towards certification that other provinces have adopted.
In addition, members took advantage of training in . . .
Mental Health First Aid, instructed by members of the Saskatoon Police Service
Road to Mental Readiness, instructed by members of MD Ambulance
Advanced Wilderness First Aid, instructed by Back40 Wilderness First Aid Training
Track Awareness, instructed by British Columbia Tracking Association and hosted by Parks Canada
Recertified in Team Leader Train the Trainer and Managing Search Operations
Attended the annual SARscene Conference held in Winnipeg
And took part in two multi-jurisdictional search exercises hosted by SARSAV