The President's Corner
CASARA SASKATCHEWAN - Update
CASARA is pleased to announce that on August 10th - 12th of 2007 Prince Albert will be hosting this years western regional SAREX or search and rescue exercise. The SAREX is high profile annual event within the Search and rescue community and is usually hosted by one of the four western Provinces or Territories. The SAREX brings together air search and rescue teams to hone their skills and techniques working within different geographic regions of Canada. The SAREX involves setting up various search scenarios for each team which can range from searching and homing in on ELT's, to looking for missing persons, aircraft wreckage and various land and water targets both during the day and night. The 2007 Saskatchewan SAREX should see up to approximately 15 aircraft and their crews and possibly an American team from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). This years SAREX was in the Pas Manitoba which was won by a Saskatchewan team out of Regina consisting of Keith Bjorndal (Pilot), Clarence Demchuk (Navigator), and Richard Barks and Pat Hume (spotters).
CASARA has representatives in most centers and if you are interested in joining please contact the CASARA unit nearest you, which can be found on our website at www.casarasask.ca or contact myself at email@example.com or 306-731-2000 and I will be more than happy to put you in touch with the CASARA zone nearest you.
So that other may live
CASARA Saskatchewan President's
OPENING REMARKS - 2007 CASARA AGM in Saskatoon
I would like to first of all welcome everyone to Saskatoon for our Annual General Meeting. Its nice to see so many people take time off from their busy personnel schedules to attend this meeting in addition to your contribution throughout the Year. Once again Casara has operated a safe and successful operation, I congratulate all of you for your part in this tremendous success.
At this point I would like to introduce our quests this year:
This past year has been an uneventful year for CASARA Saskatchewan from a search perspective with the usual volume of RCMP call outs and several ELT call outs.
The weather gods were kind to us this past year and we were able to send several teams to the western regional sarex in the Pas Manitoba, from June 30th to July 2, I know the crews that went had a great time found it very informative. The pas sarex was well run and attended setting a new bench mark, so the pressure is on as you all know we will be hosting this years SAREX. This years Western regional Sarex is being hosted by Saskatchewan in Prince Albert on August 10th to 12th. More about this later.
Based on requests I received from our zones I was able through a equipment submission and rational to receive some new equipment, this year, namely additional homers, practice elts, and several new laptops one for our Provincial dispatcher and one for zone 7 and one for zone 4. As always if any of the zones need new equipment please let me know and we will do our best to see if we can obtain it.
Spending our Training budget in a planed manner is an ongoing challenge with most of our training crammed into the fall and winter season due in large part to the nature of the agriculture based workforce within the Province. The good news on the budget side of things is that we saw a slight increase in overall funding. Two things of note is that this year we were slightly below our required 50% flying requirement. We are actually at 49.7 but this year we should not have a problem with the upcoming SAREX and other planned activities.
One of the exciting planned activities this year is a fairly large multi-jurisdictional exercise involving the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) the RCMP, Ground groups from SARSAV and possibly the border patrol. From a CASARA perspective this would involve as many aircraft as we could task ideally most of the Zones 7 and 8 and one or two aircraft from any other zone interested in attending. The exercise would potentially run the entire length of the border and involve all the agencies in one form or the other. As I finalize details of this event with the various parties Ill forward the information on.
Some new national initiatives and news, this year include:
In closing I would like to thank my employer SPM for allowing me to fulfil my various CASARA obligations but more importantly Every search we do in this Province would not have been possible without you and your members and we appreciate all the time and effort expensed for our life saving and rewarding organization, the time you give is time that you could have spent with your family and friends so I would like to thank You!
Keep up the good work and Thank you.