Saskatoon Search and Rescue Blog

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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...

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SARscene 2016 – Edmonton, Alberta

Written by Mark Wells Several members of Saskatoon Search and Rescue attended SARscene 2016 from October 15 – 17 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Myself, Kent Orosz, Dale Liebrecht, Henry Eng, Tracy VanBrabant, Sean Taylor and Scott Wright). Kent and I started by leaving Saskatoon on Friday night. The drive there was okay; the roads were pretty good. Well, except for the stretch of “travel not recommended” where we were driving 50 km/hr on the highway. But I wasn’t driving so I thought it was grand. We arrived at our hotel a little while after midnight and you just could tell there...