Training Details

Basic Searcher 

This is a combined forty (40) hour classroom and field training course that follows the new CSA standard as well as the Government of The Northwest Territories training standard for Basic Searcher.

Topics covered
– Search categories in the Northwest Territories
– Government and agency roles
– Overview of Search Management
– Land Navigation (Compass, Map and combined Map and Compass)
– General Operations (Legal issues, Packs, Clothing, Predator awareness, Helicopter safety, Hypothermia)
– Lost Person Behavior (Probability Zones, Behavior Profiles, Application to Search and Rescue)
– Ground Search (YKSAR Expectations and Call Out, Type I, II, II, IV searches,  Clue Awareness, Scanning Techniques)
– Communications (YKSAR specific VHF and UHF handheld radios, Satellite phones, Cell phone, SPOT and Inreach)

Information session
There will a drop-in style information session about the Basic Searcher course as well as YKSAR’s role in the community.
Date:  May 24
Times: 7:00 pm
Location:  Arctic Response (located in the small strip mall across the street from the RTL buiklding on Old Airport Rioad)

Classroom session
Dates:  May 26 to 28
Times:
Friday, May 26 – 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 27 – 9:00 to 4:00 pm  and again from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Sunday, May 28 – 9:00 to 4:00 pm
Location:  Arctic Response

Field session
Dates: June 2 to 4
Time:  7:00 pm departure on Friday, return around 4:00 pm on Sunday
Location:   Camp Connections

Click for printable course outline

To Register

Email a response to YKSAR_NWT@yahoo.ca with the subject line YKSAR Spring/Summer 2017 Basic Searcher Registration.

Cost*

The cost of the course is $50.00 which includes membership in Yellowknife Search and Rescue. This course is intended for individuals who wish to be part of a volunteer search and rescue organization. YKSAR members are expected to play an active role in the organization.  As well, an RCMP criminal record check is a requirement to join Yellowknife Search and Rescue.

* Yellowknife Search and Rescue has cross membership agreements with Somba Ke Paddling Club, Yellowknife Climbing Club and Great Slave Snowmobile Association.  Please indicate this on the registration email.

Course Limits

The course is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

 Lost Person Behaviour  Completed

The goal of the course is to provide participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to successfully look in the right place, understand lost person behaviour, apply statistical tables, identify needed special investigation, and deploy resources into the field. Participants should also be able to brief other searchers on key components of lost person behaviour.

The course covers the following areas in detail
– Key developments in the field of lost person behaviour.
– How the ISRID database is organised to best predict behaviour
– Determine correct subject category given an actual incident scenario
– Assess different methods to combine different subject categories
– Understand different causes of becoming lost and different strategies lost
persons attempt
– Identify decision points given a map and a lost person scenario
– Key components and common misconceptions of lost person behaviour
– Use the correct statistical summary data from the ISRID database to best
model a subject’s possible location and survivability
– Demonstrate the use of reflex tasking to generate initial tasks given a
map and a scenario
– Describe key points for each subject category profile
-Demonstrate the ability to deploy resources appropriate for each subject
category given a map and scenario information

Dates:
Saturday, April 22, 08:00 – 16:00
Sunday, April 23, 08:00 – 16:00
Location: Arctic Response
To Register: Send email to tg_yksar@yahoo.ca

Base Camp Set-up Exercise Completed
Location: Four spots along the Frostbite-50 route
Date/Time: Friday, March 17th, 18:00
Departure point: 31 Mandeville Drive

This exercise is held annually in conjunction with the Frostbite-50 cross country ski/snowshoe race.  YKSAR members will be responsible for setting up four checkpoints that would be suitable as staging/accommodation facilities during a live search.

The exercise will start at 6:00 pm and should be finished around 10:00 pm. Each base camp consists of a 12-person Kifaru tent, wood stove and cots.  Members wishing to overnight at any of the sites should respond ASAP as this has turned into a very popular winter camp out experience.

Camp location are as at…
1) South end of Walsh Lake
2) Approximate halfway point on Prosperous Lake (site is already spoken for)
3) Cassidy Point
4) 1 Km south on Detah Road

Registration: To participate in the exercise please send an email to tg_yksar@yahoo.ca with the subject header Base Camp Set-up Registration. Be sure to indicate if you want the full overnight camp out experience.

 

Wilderness First Aid Completed
Wilderness First Aid trains the candidate with a better understanding of the patients critical systems of the body: skeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine and muscular. As well, the rescuer must learn to factor and deal with delayed rescue, environmental conditions, limited resources, and multiple casualties.

Location: Arctic Response
Dates/Times:
March 09, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
March 10, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
March 11, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
March 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Registration:  Click here for the registration form. Complete the form, scan it and return to tg_yksar@yahoo.ca with the subject header WFA Registration.

This course is being hosted by the GNWT and YKSAR has been offered seven(7) seats (the course has a maximum capacity of fourteen(14) participants). These seats are guaranteed up to February 15, 2017.  Registrations received after this date will be treated on a first come, first served basis. Additionally, this course is being offered to YKSAR partners. Register early to avoid disappointment.

Click to see GNWT poster version

Team Leader Completed

This course focuses on the attributes and competencies of ground search and rescue team leaders to identify expectations and support capacity building related to this key role. The team leader is the vital link between command and the search team. The team leader must be well trained and motivated with the experience and background knowledge necessary to successfully lead the team in the field.

Location: Arctic Response
Dates/Times:
February 13 – 17, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm (evening classroom)
February 19,  8:00 am to 4:00 pm (field)

Registration: Send email to tg_yksar@yahoo.ca with the subject header Team Leader Registration. Registration deadline is Friday, February 3, 2017.

GPS Hands On Completed

Handheld GPS units are now the dominant navigation tool used by ground searchers. YKSAR has offered GPS training at the introductory and advanced level for several years now and we are seeing more and more members coming out to training events and searches with their own GPSes. This evening long training session is intended to help you use your personal GPS unit during a search.

Classroom sessions
Dates: Session #1: Wednesday – Dec 7th
……….Session #2: Thursday – Dec 8th
Times: 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Location: Arctic Response

Field Session
Field session will be offered if requested

The course is comprised of one classroom session. Please pick the classroom session that best suits you.

YKSAR will provide Garmin 76c  GPS units. Participants bringing their own GPSes should be familiar with its basic operation (pages/menus, entering information into the GPS).

Topics covered
– How a GPS manages and displays information
– Configuring your GPS
– Entering and editing waypoints
– Projecting waypoints
– Using your GPS as a conversion tool
– Using GPS with paper maps
– Using your GPS during a search

To register
Send an email to YKSAR_NWT@Yahoo.ca with the subject line GPS Hands On Registration. Please indicate which classroom session you are registering for.

** Registration closes Dec 2nd.

 

SARX Initial Response Computer Software – Completed

SARX is a ground search and rescue search planning and management tool designed to quickly plan and execute a search for a lost subject. SARX is a suite of custom tools built upon ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop Explorer (AGX), with the goal of providing fast and effective search management, particularly within the first operational period of a search. Yellowknife Search and Rescue began using SARX earlier this year for search initial response. Easy to learn, training class is expected to take approximately 1 or 2 hours to be familiar with all basic tasks. If a search extends into additional operational periods, the data from the initial response can also be imported into MapSAR for more advanced analysis and planning.

For more information on SARX, including videos and training material, people can also check out their website, www.sarexplorer.com

Topics covered
Part 1 – approx. ½ hour
– Name and save a new ArcGIS Explorer map (.nmf files)
– Enter data under the Planning Points folder
– Enter data under the Status Updates folder
– Place Lost Person Behaviour rings on the map for one category

Part 2 – approx. ½ hour
– Retrieve data from a field GPS tasking
– Send planning data to a field GPS to aid in conducting the task
– Establish a “View” in SARX
– Print a map to a PDF file
– Print coordinates

Training sessions
Dates/Times: Pick One Only***
Thursday, September 8 – 19:00 to 21:00

Saturday, September 10 – 13:00 to 16:00
Tuesday, September 13 – 19:00 to 21:00

Saturday, September 24 – 13:00 to 16:00
Wednesday, September 28 – 19:00 to 21:00

Location:  Arctic Response except Sept 10/11 which is in the Dolomite room at the Gallery Building (first door right as you enter)

To Register
Email a response to YKSAR_NWT@yahoo.ca with the subject line SARX Registration.

Course Limits
Course is limited to 2 per participants per session using YKSAR laptops. Additional members can be accommodated if you bring your own windows based laptop.

Istructors
Bill Peck, Elaine Girrior, Jurjen van der Sluijss

Basic Searcher Completed

This is a combined forty (40) hour classroom and field training course that follows the Government of The Northwest Territories training standard for Basic Searcher certification.

Topics covered
– Search categories in the Northwest Territories
– Government and agency roles
– Overview of Search Management
– Land Navigation (Compass, Map and combined Map and Compass)
– General Operations (Legal issues, Packs, Clothing, Predator awareness, Helicopter safety, Hypothermia)
– Lost Person Behavior (Probability Zones, Behavior Profiles, Application to Search and Rescue)
– Ground Search (YKSAR Expectations and Call Out, Type I, II, II, IV searches,  Clue Awareness, Scanning Techniques)
– Communications (YKSAR specific VHF and UHF handheld radios, Satellite phones, Cell phone, SPOT and Inreach)

Classroom session
Dates:  June 10, 11 & 12
Times:
Friday,  June 10 – 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Saturday,  June 11 – 9:00 to 4:00 pm  and again from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Sunday,  June 12 – 9:00 to 4:00 pm
Location:  Arctic Response

Field session
Dates: June 17, 18 & 19
Time:  7:00 pm departure on Friday, return around 4:00 pm on Sunday
Location:   Prelude Lake Park (general vicinity)

Click for printable course outline

To Register

Email a response to YKSAR_NWT@yahoo.ca with the subject line YKSAR Summer 2016 Basic Searcher Registration.

Cost*

The cost of the course is $50.00 which includes membership in Yellowknife Search and Rescue. This course is intended for individuals who wish to be part of a volunteer search and rescue organization. YKSAR members are expected to play an active role in the organization.  As well, an RCMP criminal record check is a requirement to join Yellowknife Search and Rescue.

* Yellowknife Search and Rescue has cross membership agreements with Somba Ke Paddling Club, Yellowknife Climbing Club and Great Slave Snowmobile Association.  Please indicate this on the registration email.

Course Limits

The course is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

Introduction to GPS Completed

Classroom sessions
Dates: Session #1: Tuesday – Nov 10
……….Session #2: Thursday – Nov 12
Times: 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Location: Arctic Response

Field Session
Date: Saturday – Nov 14
Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Arctic Response and Sand Pits

The course is comprised of one classroom session and one field day. Please pick the classroom session that best suits you. The field session is common to all. Completion certificates will be awarded to members completing both sessions.

YKSAR will provide Garmin 76c  GPS units. Participants bringing their own GPSes should be familiar with its basic operation (pages/menus, entering information into the GPS).

Topics covered
– Overview of GPS system
– How a GPS manages and displays information
– Configuring your GPS
– Entering and editing waypoints
– Basic navigation concepts
– Waypoint navigation (field session)

To register
Send an email to YKSAR_NWT@Yahoo.ca with the subject line Introductory GPS Registration. Please indicate which classroom session you are registering for.

** Registration closes Nov 6th

GPS In Grid Searches Completed

Classroom sessions
Dates: Session #1: Tuesday – Nov 17     (Grid search with GPS)                                         Session #2: Wednesday – Nov 18 (Using Mapsource to manage data)
Times: 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Location: Arctic Response

Field Session
Date: Saturday – Nov 21
Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Arctic Response and Sand Pits

This course is a two evening, one day,  follow-up to the Introduction to GPS course.

On the first evening we will expand upon the introductory course by discussing sources of error in GPS readings and how to project waypoints.  The remainder of the session will look at the practical aspects of setting up a grid search in the field with only a GPS.

The second evening will focus on using MapSource to manage GPS data. Participants attending this session should bring a laptop computer with a current version of the Windows operating system.

Members are welcome to attend any or all sessions depending on your level of interest. Completion certificates will be awarded to members completing all three sessions.

To register send an email to YKSAR_NWT@Yahoo.ca with the subject line GPS Grid Search Registration

** Registration closes Nov 13th