SAR Management Forum

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# Date & Time Session Description Panellists
1 Sunday, Oct 30
Planning effective air, marine, and ground SAR exercises: Key principles and lessons learned Whether small or large, a SAR exercise offers the luxury of learning in a controlled environment. What is the best way to maximize the benefit of SAR exercises, while minimizing risk?
2 Sunday, Oct 30
Keeping the SAR volunteer community sustainable: A look at recruitment, retention, and occupational health and safety. SAR volunteers form the backbone of the National SAR Program. But what does the future hold? Changes in population, economy, technology and the environment will affect the sustainability of this resource. This session examines opportunities available to safeguard the future of SAR volunteers in Canada, including the BC government's efforts to manage and protect their occupational health and safety; and strategies for SAR associations to recruit and retain volunteers by understanding and meeting their specific needs.
3 Sunday, Oct 30
A double-edged sword: Examining the risks and benefits internet technology has brought to SAR, with a focus on 'crowdsourcing' and social networks. As technology, the Internet, and social media advances, so has its influence in the search for the missing person.
  • Social Networking. In the first half, Chris Young will walk participants through the multitude of social networks, blogs, and wiki sites that now exist online; the terminologies used; the mechanics of moving around in these new cyberspaces; where to look for pertinent information; and how to apply this data to the missing person profile and subsequent investigation.
  • Crowd Sourcing. In the second half, Michael Coyle will examine the phenomenon of engaging the online community to search uploaded images for a missing person, aircraft, or vessel. Will tens, hundreds, or thousands of fresh but untrained eyes scanning raw video or photos increase the chance of spotting a lost subject, or just lead to time-consuming false leads? Using an actual BC SAR case from 2010, this session will look at the potential of "crowd sourcing" search efforts, reviewing how it worked in practice, and discussing its potential with respect to other tasks.
  • Mr. Micheal Coyle,
    Coquitlam SAR
  • Mr. Christopher Young,
    Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department, California
4 Monday, Oct 31
An all-hazards approach to managing Search and Rescue and emergency response in the Province of Manitoba. Under the leadership and direction of the Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner, the provincial SAR and emergency response model has been developed to ensure that no matter what the disaster, and no matter where it happens in the province, the Province of Manitoba is well-positioned to respond. This seminar will look at this unique model, including:
  • Development of the CAN TF-4 USAR response team
  • Provincial partnerships and supporting legislation
  • Common equipment and efficiencies gained from the All Hazards Approach
  • Manitoba's adoption of the Incident Command System
  • Training offered through the Manitoba Emergency Services College
  • Development of the Provincial K-9 SAR program.
  • Sgt. Rod Karpish,
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 'D' Division
  • Mr. Dave Lussier,
  • Mr. Tobin Praznik,
    Manitoba Office of Fire Commissioner
    (PowerPoint Slides - PDF)
5 Monday, Oct 31
Private-public partnerships: Case studies on the use of contracted SAR resources. As with prevention programs, partnerships among government, industry, and commercial entities can bring both unique benefits and unique challenges to delivering SAR services. Explore the strengths and opportunities.
  • Mr. Ian Robert McLUSKIE OBE MSc,
    CHC Helicopters
  • Mr. J.J. Gerber,
    Cougar Helicopters, VIH
  • Mr. Geoff Goodyear,
    Universal Helicopters
    (PowerPoint Slides - PDF)
6 Monday, Oct 31
Putting faces to names: The value of roundtables to SAR program management Pre-plans and protocols are virtually mandatory for effective interagency operations. But creating an effective forum for communication and collaboration is the key to long-term success. Find out how these organizations make it work.