May 7th, 2019

SAR: how a small incident response works

I have a character who is going to join a SAR (Search and Rescue) group in Southern British Columbia as a ground searcher. 

I've looked at the description of every SAR group as they're listed online ( and I've read through the description of every SAR course I could get my hands in to know what SAR members are expected to be able to do.

I know the different types of teams (avalanche rescue, swift water, rope, tracking, etc) and the material they need. I know how SAR dog training works, the main commands and some myths vs reality. I've read media accounts of a number of rescues. I'm aware of the dangers — in terms of injuries and death — and of difficulties (as presented in the media), including failures in planning or security measures (it's hard to say a SAR member got hurt because of bad decisions, but as heroic as these people are, they're human, and humans are known to make mistakes every now and then).

My google technique rests on the string 'SAR group name' (limited to the southern BC area) and then reading all the pages that come up — from coroner enquiries (yes, there are a couple online) to news and course offers.

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