Search and Rescue Volunteers Take Part in Annual Exercise

Manitoba search and rescue (SAR) teams participate in an annual exercise. (PARKS CANADA)

Search and rescue (SAR) volunteers from across Manitoba participated in a two-day exercise this weekend in Riding Mountain National Park.

Led by the Office of the Fire Commissioner and Search and Rescue Manitoba (SARMAN), the annual exercise was meant to keep their search skills sharp and allow them to work with a variety of partners that could be deployed in an emergency.

Volunteers were given scenario situations to deal with to practice their skills, which included the use of a helicopter and watercraft, a low-angle rope rescue, first aid, survival skills, and search techniques.

SARMAN teams have been called out many times to look for missing hikers, lost children or to assist with difficult rescues such as the group of anglers stranded on an ice flow in the Lake of the Woods earlier this spring.

— Staff

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