Espanola’s North Shore Search & Rescue Training Continues – Top Of Their Field

By Rosalind Russell – Members of North Shore Search & Rescue had a busy summer.
Adam Page says the highlight was a day of training at Chutes Provincial Park in early August.
“So, the day at Chutes started off with a call and meeting with park staff because of a missing female hiker. We were given a brief description of the individual, approximate time that they had been missing, and potential hiking routes.
“We then mobilized our command unit.”
The Search Management team then decided on a search area. NSSAR members then conducted multiple search tasks until the subject was found. First aid was administered to the patient, at which time they found out they had a second missing person, the son of the patient.
“He was wearing a project lifesaver bracelet. Our Project Lifesaver team was then sent out around the park with the equipment until our subject was found.
The mobile command unit is a large cargo trailer outfitted with its own repeater radio system for communications, inverter generator, laptops, large screens, and all equipment needed to run a full search. The unit uses the full Incident Command System (ICS) as the base for paperwork, which sets out things like tasking sheets for searchers, lost person reports, and communication logs, to name a few.
GPS, which are carried by all searchers, are downloaded after each task and recorded in the database and displayed on a large screen. Each search team is comprised of a team leader, communications person, navigation person, first aid person and trained searchers. All searchers are trained to Ontario Search and Rescue Association Standards, which follows the OPP standard. They are also trained in first aid with some trained in Emergency First Response.
“It was an incredible day of working with many staff from Chutes Provincial Park. Park management, Tamara and Jim, were so helpful in making this training day a success. We are extremely excited about our partnership with Chutes Park and look forward to many more training days with Ontario Parks.”
They unit raises its own funds and is continuing their training programs. They are also raising funds for a new inverter generator and a new large screen television for the command center.
To make a donation, volunteer or for more information, go to Facebook and type in North Shore Search & Rescue for contact information.
Photos provided by Adam Page

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