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Search and Rescue Teams Gathering in Brandon

September 16, 2016 3:10 PM | News

Manitoba search and rescue (SAR)

Manitoba search and rescue (SAR) (PARKS CANADA FILE)

Brandon will be the site for a provincial search and rescue exercise this weekend.

To help keep SAR teams sharp, members will gather to learn how to improve their skills with classes and presentations on topics such as search management, evidence handling, wilderness survival and lost-person behaviour.

The exercise, running September 17-18, includes members of both Search and Rescue Manitoba (SARMAN) and the Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR).

The province says training exercises are critical to ensuring teams are ready to respond as quickly as possible to a real emergency. Participants learn how to look for clues and preserve important evidence or signs that could point to where a missing person might be found.

There are about 450 SARMAN volunteers in Manitoba.