Sheilah Sweatman

I was stunned to learn about such a tragic accident. Sheilah and I were team mates on the Nelson Search and Rescue team. I had so much admiration for her as a young woman new to SAR so strong, skilled, and capable. As a Search Manager sending out a page to the team I always knew that Sheilah would be one of the first to respond and be there. She was eager to train in every discipline. A very fit young woman! After I left SAR last summer Sheilah stayed in touch calling on me for advice and support which I valued very much. If I helped her a little in anyway I am honoured. Search and Rescue volunteers put themselves at risk every day to save others. Sheilah gave the ultimate sacrifice! I know there is an angel who will always be watching from above still ready to respond. Rest in Peace Sheilah!

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The Great North!

It has been awhile since I’ve blogged.

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Snowmobile Safety!

Finally got out in the snow this weekend for the first time this winter.

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Being self-reliant is critical!!!

It is fitting that I write about this item of basic outdoor survival gear at this time. Right now I am in the midst of re-certifying and upgrading even further my First Aid skills.

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Emergency Shelter

Protecting yourself from the elements will drastically increase your chance of survival.

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Don’t forget sun protection – year round!

Further

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Another piece of essential survival equipment!

Saw or Pocket Knife

A folding saw or a pocket-knife is one more of those important items to be in your essential basic survival equipment.

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Training is never ending

Got approval for Occupational First Aid Level 3 [again], H2S Alive, CSTS, WHMIS, Bridging to Emergency Medical Responder and then writing Licensing for Emergency Medical Assistant in BC and Alberta …. put this together with my Emergency Management and Rescue training and I’ll be good to go [likely heading north or international] OFA3 starts today!

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Navigation/Communication Aids

As a part of the basic gear for outdoor activity I mentioned navigation and communication.

Navigation includes such things as a GPS, charts and map and compass.

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Signaling Devices and Methods

Do you know how to signal for help? You may think this a silly question but when teaching outdoor survival I have been surprised how many people don

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