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NEWS RELEASE · 5th November 2012
Kitimat Search and Rescue
Today, [Sunday November 4th,] Kitimat Search and Rescue (KSAR) performed a mock search as part of ongoing, training, which is done year round, in all weather conditions.

Sixteen members responded to search for a missing 52-year-old male within the Hirsch Creek Park area. This exercise also gave some of KSAR’s newest recruits, who have recently completed the Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) Course, a taste of what a real search could entail.

The fictitious search closely resembled a recent search the KSAR successfully performed earlier in the week. A command post was set up at the park shelter and under the direction of a Search Manager and three Team Leaders; the teams of searchers systematically searched the network of trails, until the unresponsive subject was located. Once assessed, the patient was packaged in a stretcher, and carried to a suitable spot in the park, where a handoff to the BC Ambulance Service could have taken place.

KSAR has had a busy year in the community responding to various call outs ranging from missing mushroom pickers, missing persons in remote areas, to injured hikers in the backcountry. KSAR also responds to various mutual aid calls from surrounding areas in need of support.

KSAR would like to remind persons traveling in the backcountry at this time of year, (sledders, snowshoers, backcountry skiers, fishermen, quaders), to be prepared for the unexpected. Leaving a pre-plan with someone responsible is a must, along with your anticipate return time. Other items worth considering are:

- A means of communication, (cell phone, satellite phone, radio etc…)
- Extra warm clothing
- A way to start a fire
- Beacon, probe and shovel and the knowledge on how to use this equipment if venturing into areas that may be exposed avalanche terrain
- Map, compass and GPS
- Small fold up
- Extra food and water
- Waterproof shell
- Signaling devices such as headlamp, whistle and bright colored clothing or garbage bag

KSAR would also like to thank the small business and corporate support it has received this year, and also from the community in general.

Kitimat Search and Rescue