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What Moms Say

Happy Mother’s Day to all the SAR moms out there! We asked our Saskatoon SAR members who are moms to share their thoughts on being a mom in SAR. “As a mom and a volunteer at SSAR, I encourage my children to give back to the community that provides so much support to us as individuals. Being part of the SSAR team is one way to do that.” — Dianne Allen “Being part of SSAR has been one of the best volunteer experiences. It is an organization that you can be proud to be a member of. As a mom and...

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Ticks 101

Written by Tracy VanBrabant Tick season is here! So here is Ticks 101. What Are Ticks? The best description that I’ve ever heard is that ticks are little walking bags of pathogens. A more scientific description is that they are a little 8 legged parasitic arachnids that feed off the blood of a host. Hosts include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and search and rescue volunteers. Knowing that a tick is an arachnid, and not an insect is important. Regular insect repellents and insecticides don’t work on arachnids. Ticks often start to make their appearance in May. Last year it started in...

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2016 – A Year in Review

Our 2016 year in review article is spiced up a bit from previous years. Check it out here!

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I Found This For You In Orange . . .

Written by Shelley Ballard-McKinlay At Saskatoon Search and Rescue, we love the color orange! Which resulted in the gift exchange theme for this year’s Christmas party being “I found this for you in orange.” The idea was a big hit and there were some great gift and stocking stuffer ideas for that special SAR person in your life. Men’s underwear (2-pack; orange with black trim, black with orange trim; from Mark’s Work Warehouse) Hand/foot warmers Gear ties (various sizes, multiple uses!) Flagging tape Nalgene water bottle Paracord or paracord bracelet Survival bag or emergency bivy bag Duct tape (especially small camping...

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Search is an Emergency

Written by Dale Liebrecht, SSAR Training Director  With every moment that elapses, a search area gets exponentially larger. Our subject may be in distress and the minutes that expire are crucial to the mission. Saskatoon Search And Rescue has enormous technical capacity, but it is deployed at the expense of time. Our team will quickly and carefully decide which technical and non-technical assets to deploy. Once the decision is made, we respond safely with both speed and accuracy. Our last training days have focused on improving the process of setting up our command post and logistics/communications trailer. We made significant improvements...