Training exercise planned for Goulais

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Search and Rescue Exercises in Searchmont Resort

On behalf of the Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association (OSARVA), I am pleased to announce that Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) Teams will be conducting 4 regional SAREXs across the province of Ontario in the following locations: Sault Ste. Marie area (NORTHERN), London (WESTERN), Ottawa (EASTERN) and Gravenhurst (CENTRAL).

OSARVA is a not for profit organization. It operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ontario Provincial Police and acts as the umbrella agency for Ontario Volunteer SAR teams. OSARVA provides certification training standards, identification and record keeping, and is the liaison with the OPP. OSARVA’s main focus is to ensure that all volunteer teams are properly trained to do the job that they are being tasked to do – “find the lost person”.

Master Corporal Paul-André Forgues, a search and rescue technician from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, checks on a simulated patient while being hoisted during TIGEREX 16 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on May 10, 2016.   Photo: Master Corporal Jonathan Barrette, CF Combat Camera
Master Corporal Paul-André Forgues, a search and rescue technician from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, checks on a simulated patient while being hoisted during TIGEREX 16 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on May 10, 2016.
Photo: Master Corporal Jonathan Barrette, CF Combat Camera

The funding for these exercises comes from the SAR New Incentives Fund (NIF) Program administered by the National Search Secretariat and funded by Public Safety Canada – Government of Canada. OSARVA applied for a grant in 2014 to assist Ground Search and Rescue teams in the Province to enhance Incident Command training, establish a Team Leader Program, improve communications and reporting, and exercise teams throughout the province with the goal of improving interoperability. The NIF Merit Board approved OSARVA and its member teams in Ontario, for a two-year grant .  Representatives from 18 Ontario teams have had input into the development of this program.

Today we would like to announce that Sault Search & Rescue ,  will be hosting and participating in a Northern Ontario region SAREX Aug 13 . Also taking part  or assisting with this exercise will be:

Ontario Provincial Police  , Goulais Fire & Rescue ,

Thunder Bay SAR, North Shore SAR, Timmins Porcupine SAR

This SAREX is meant to establish and showcase team training standards, interoperability between agencies, build communication between agencies and allow teams to do what they do best – find the lost person.

For further information please contact:   Dennis O’Reilly   [email protected]   705-759-5878

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. Volunteer SAR members invest hundreds if not thousands in equipment and volunteer hundreds of hours a year in training. Every Sar members goal is to be as prepared as possible for any situation one can encounter. Each Sarex is different and are essential to members training. Yes a Sarex can be fun but they are not designed to be “fun” Sar members take these very seriously. And Reg, feel free to join us on an information night and become a bit more informed on how much we save taxpayers money and not “burn” it. we do more then just rescues 😉

  2. This is a very worth while use of taxpayer money, just to correct you.
    This is a huge country and folks get lost in every nook and cranny – the more exercises the better!

  3. A very worth while use of taxpayer money, just to correct you.
    This is a huge country and folks get lost in every nook and cranny – the more exercises the better!

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