SARBC SSU at 2017 Touch-a-Truck Event at Western Speedway

The Search and Rescue Society of BC sent two vehicles to the 2017 Touch-a-Truck event at Western Speedway.  SARBC and the SSU were glad to be able to bring two trucks this year because the number of fire trucks present was quite reduced do to many of them being deployed around British Columbia to help support the wild fire fighting efforts.

Thanks to everyone that gave us their kind words of support.  SARBC and the SSU provide Search and Rescue in BC to residents and visitors.  Our goals and actions are always to benefit missing persons in British Columbia and their families.

SARBC SSU 2017 Touch-a-Truck event Western Speedway
Search and Rescue Society of BC trucks at Western Speedway to participate in the 2017 Touch-a-Truck event

These events are a great way to get the word out about the Project Lifesaver program in Greater Victoria as well as British Columbia.  Many people also enquire about our underwater search and imaging capabilities and equipment.  Our earthquake rescue / structural support gear is also an area of interest for some parent that stop by.

403, our search jeep and 504, our heavy rescue truck were at the event while 402, our primary response search truck remained available to deploy with limited notice at the office.  SARBC maintains operational readiness at all times because we can’t predict when Project Lifesaver search calls will come in.

Some of the equipment that we had out for viewing in the static display:

  • IFEX 3000 Impulse Water Canon Fire Extinguisher.
  • Confined Space Tripod
  • Rescue Hydraulic Pump: Personal Power Unit
  • Straight Blade hydraulic cutter
  • SCBA Air packs
  • Hydraulic pump for breakers, drills and concrete cutting equipment
  • Rescue harness
  • Cribbing
  • Snowshoes

It was a good day in the sun, bringing happiness to kids that love trucks and vehicles of all types.

Project Lifesaver Training for Saskatoon Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue Society of BC Trains Saskatoon SAR

On behalf of Project Lifesaver International two instructor trainers from the Search and Rescue Society of British Columbia (SARBC) instructed Saskatoon SAR members over last weekend, July 21-23, 2017.  Thirteen Saskatoon Search and Rescue members were certified as Project Lifesaver Electronic Search Specialists (ESS).  Seven members returned on Sunday to complete their training as ESS Instructors.  Those seven can train additional members of Saskatoon SAR as Project Lifesaver Electronic Search Specialists.

It was a pleasure for the members of SARBC to meet and train this motivated, intelligent and cohesive team.  The citizens of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan strongly benefit from this team volunteering their time and knowledge.

Thanks to the Saskatoon Police Service for hosting the training weekend.

You may have seen SSAR members walking around Saskatoon over the weekend with Project Lifesaver Receivers as part of their training.  Check out their Facebook post and SARBC’s Flickr Album.

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Project Lifesaver PLI-3000 receiver. In use during Saskatoon Search and Rescue ESS training.



Training Saskatoon SAR in Project Lifesaver ESS

Hagglunds BV206 in Search and Rescue Use

These Swedish all terrain vehicles where originally designed for snow but are used in all situations now.  They have an issue in that they need transport to where they will be used off-road; however, they can go places not imagined with a regular 4×4.

Hagglunds BV206
Bay Search & Rescue, UK: Hagglunds BV206

Many militaries use the BV206.  Canada Forces uses these vehicles by the Immediate Reaction Units in domestic operations in both winter and Arctic conditions.


Magnetic North Pole

Compass laying on SARBC jacket

Magnetic North Pole

Journey to the Top (or the Relocated Dip)

Ray Talson, Search & Rescue Society of BC

The North Magnetic Pole – of interest to navigators for centuries – but no one knew exactly where it was.

A study was done by the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Geological survey of Canada, Geophysics Division, to determine the exact location of the North Magnetic Dip Pole (NMDP). This is the location where the north seeking end of the compass needle wants to point straight into the ground. The study was published by the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 23, 1986. The study was authored by L.R. Newitt and E.R. Niblett. This review is based on pages 1062 through 1067 of that study. Continue reading “Magnetic North Pole”