September 27 – 28, 2014

David Lam Campus of Douglas College,
1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC


In the late 90’s, early 2000s’s Rick Laing of Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue hosted a series of SARex meetings. These were training events, meetings and presentations that all SAR teams in BC were invited to attend. We would like to resurrect that tradition.

BCSARA would like to announce the inaugural SARxSW conference to be hosted by Coquitlam Search and Rescue and sponsored by Douglas College. The conference consists of a day of meetings and presentations at the David Lam campus of Douglas College, followed by a day of training and outdoor exercises.

All 14 teams from South West BC are invited to attend (Sea to Sky and Fraser Valley Region):

  • Central Fraser Valley SAR
  • Coquitlam SAR
  • Chilliwack SAR
  • Hope SAR
  • Kent Harrison SAR
  • Lions Bay SAR
  • Mission SAR
  • North Shore Rescue
  • Pemberton SAR
  • Ridge Meadows SAR
  • Squamish SAR
  • Sunshine Coast SAR
  • Surrey SAR
  • Whistler SAR

We are also inviting members of Royal Canadian Marine SAR and EMBC-Air to attend.
Current schedule includes

Saturday, September 27th

• Regional SAR Managers meeting
• Royal Canadian Marine SAR presentation on operations and capabilities
• North Guardian UAV Services presentation on unmanned aerial vehicles
• NIF project updates
• NIF grant application updates
• Case studies of significant SAR incidents
• AdventureSmart (either training or program overview)

ICOM Canada, Kenwood and other sponsors will have a presence.

Sunday, September 28th

• Marine SAR exercise – Pitt Lake
• Rope Rescue Seminar – Burke Mountain
• Royal Canadian Marine SAR cross training – Indian Arm
• Communications Exercise – Coquitlam Town Centre Fire Hall
• UAV Demonstration – Eagle Mountain North Guardian UAV Services
• SAR Management exercise – Coquitlam Town Centre Fire Hall

For more information, to suggest a topic to speak on, and registration visit the website/social media.

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