Training

Upcoming Training Schedule

Need more details?  Contact us via email: training(at)gfsar.ca

LOCAL TRAINING

1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month at 18h00 @ Grand Forks (Nursery Firehall at 490 Starchuk Rd)

  • 17 Jan. – Winter travel skills with GPS intro (Andres)
  • 7 Feb. – AST1 Classroom Session for all students (DaveB)
  • 21 Feb. – Fire starting skills (Jason & DaveB)
  • 7 Mar. – Winter shelter skills (DaveB)
  • SUNDAY 11 Mar. – Full day winter exercise with Phoenix Ski Patrol (Grant)
  • CANCELLED 21 Mar. – Patient packaging and movement ()
  • 4 Apr. – Navigation with maps and compass part 2 (BenP, Erin & Graham)
  • 28 Apr. – Evidence Search (BarryS & Grant)
  • 2 May – First aid (DaveB)
  • CANCELLED 16 May – Longterm subject care (Scott)
  • CANCELLED 17 May – GFSAR recognition/award event in Kelowna (BarryS)
  • 30 May – AGM
  • 6 Jun. – Heli operations (BenP)
  • 20 Jun. – Longterm subject care (Scott)
  • 4 Jul. – Vehicle and equipment clean and organize plus team BBQ (Erin & Ben)
  • 18 Jul. – Full team swiftwater operation (Grant)
  • 1 Aug. – Patient packaging (Dave)
  • 15 Aug. – Comms (BenP)
  • 5 Sep. – Stretcher Handling
  • 19 Sep. – Rope Training – Knots and Handling
  • 3 Oct. – Rope Training – Anchors
  • 17 Oct. – Stretcher Assist lowers and raises
  • 7 Nov. – Townhall / quarterly meet up
  • 21 Nov. – Roles of “first on scene”
  • 5 Dec. – Radio Comms 2
  • 19 Dec. – Hypothermia
  • Jan 09 – Intro to the new Sleds, loading and unloading, starting, etc… (Ben P)
  • Jan 16 – Winter Task Readiness (Andres)
  • Feb 06 – Winter Travel Techniques (Clayton)
  • Feb 20 – Gaia GPS / Compass / InReach (Andres)
  • Mar 06 – Quarterly townhall (Grant)
  • Mar 20 – Airway management (Scott)
  • Apr 03 – Patient packaging (Scott)
  • Apr 17 – Intro to the UTV (Ben P)
  • BUMPED May 01 – Swiftwater Full team (Grant)
  • May 15 – Firestarting (Cavan)
  • Jun 05 – AGM (Grant)
  • Jun 12 – Heli Level 1 & 2 classroom (Ben P)
  • Jun 19 – POSTPONED Heli Level 1 & 2 practical (Ben P)
  • Jun 26 – RESCHEDULED Heli Level 1 & 2 practical (Ben P)
  • Jul 03 – Long Term subject care (Scott)
  • Jul 17 – Urban SAR (Grant)
  • Aug 07 – First Aid (Scott)
  • Aug 21 – Comms 1 (Ben P)
  • Sep 04 – Ropes 1 – GSAR (David)
  • Sep 18 – Ropes 2 – GSAR (David)
  • Oct 02 – Communications within SAR: SBAR, SMEAC etc. ()
  • Oct 16 – Type 2 and 3 search (Andres)
  • Nov 06 – Case study presentation (David)
  • Nov 20 – Comms 2 (Ben P)
  • Dec 04 – Hypothermia (David )
  • Dec 18 – Transceiver practice (Andres)

COMBINED TRAINING with CSAR & RSAR

  • 13 Jan. – Avalanche Awareness Days @ Red Mountain (RSAR)
  • 24 Feb. – Winter scenario exercise @ Paulson (CSAR)
  • 24 Mar. – Avalanche Incident Exercise @ Rossland (RSAR)
  • 28 Apr. – Evidence Search @ Grand Forks (GFSAR)
  • 16 Jun. – @ Creston (CVSAR)
  • 14 Jul. – @ Castlegar (CSAR)
  • CANCELLED 18 Aug. – @ Rossland (RSAR)
  • 22 Sep. – Radio / Comms @ Grand Forks (GFSAR)
  • 13 Oct. – Heli Hover/Exit @ Castlegar (CSAR)
  • CANCELLED 24 Nov. – @ Creston (CVSAR)
  • Jan 19 – Avalanche Awareness Days @ Red Mountain (Rossland SAR)
  • CANCELLED Feb 02 – Avalanche Scenario (Castlegar SAR)
  • Mar 23 – Full day GSAR/medical scenario @ Rossland (RSAR)
  • Apr 20 – TBD (Andres / GFSAR)

SPECIALIZED TRAINING

  • Feb & Mar – Ice Rescue Practices @ Grand Forks
  • Feb 10 & 11 – Avvy AST1 (Field work for confirmed students) @ Mt Baldy 08h00 to 16h00
  • May 4 to 6 – Novice Tracking @ Elkford
  • May 5 or 6 – Swiftwater @ Oliver
  • May 12 & 13 – Novice Tracking @ Vallican
  • May 26 & 27 – Raftex @ Nelson
  • May 27 – Emergency Preparedness Fair 11am to 3pm @ Rock Creek (Dave)
  • Jun. 23 & 24 – SARMED @ Grand Forks
  • Apr – October – Swiftwater Practices @ Grand Forks
  • November – March – Ice Rescue @ Grand Forks / Christina Lake
  • Jan 20 – Rope Day – GSAR (David)
  • CANCELLED – AST1 (David)
  • Mar 07 to 10 – WinterEX @ Elko (Kimberley & Sparwood)
  • May 17 – 19 – Swiftwater Safety Rescue Technician @ Slocan (Rescue Canada)
  • May 24 – 26 – GSTL @ Kimberley (JIBC)
  • Sep 13 to 15 – SAREX 2019 @ Sparwood
  • Oct?? – SKORE West Kootenay rope scenario (David/Adrian)

2019/20 GSAR TRAINING (for MiTs/members in training)

  • Sep. 11, 18 & 25 (evenings) – EMRG-1701 Volunteer Orientation and Safety @ Castlegar
  • Oct. 5 & 6 (weekend) – Combined EMRG-1704 GSAR Skills and EMRG-1706 Wilderness Survival @ Grand Forks
  • Oct. 9, 16 & 23 (evenings) – EMRG-1702 Introduction to SAR @ Rossland
  • Nov. 13, 16 & 17 (evening + weekend) – EMRG-1705 Navigation Skills @ Castlegar
  • Other modules (SAR in BC, ICS100) to be completed online by self-study by individual students.

2018/19 GSAR TRAINING (for MiTs/members in training)

  • Sep. 12, 19 & 26 (evenings) – EMRG-1701 GSAR Orientation and Safety @ Castlegar
  • Sep. 29 & 30 (weekend) – EMRG-1704 Wilderness Survival @ Creston
  • Oct. 10 & 17 (evenings) – EMRG-1702 Introduction to Search Management @ Rossland
  • Nov. 3 & 4 (weekend) – EMRG-1705 Navigation Skills @ Castlegar
  • Dec. 1 & 2 (weekend) – EMRG-1704 GSAR Skills @ Grand Forks
  • Other modules to be completed online by self-study by individual students.

2017/18 GSAR TRAINING (for MiTs/members in training)

  • Jan. 24 & 31 – Orientation and search progression @ Castlegar
  • Feb. 3 – Winter/Survival Module (no overnight) @ Oliver – reach out to Grant if interested
  • Feb. 7 & 21 evenings – Intro to Search Management Module @ Castlegar
  • Mar. 24 & 25 – Survival Module (includes overnight) @ Rossland
  • Apr. 14 & 15 – GSAR Skills Module @ Grand Forks
  • Jun. 2 & 3 – Navigation Module @ Grand Forks