Canadian Search and Rescue Professionals meet in Victoria, B.C.



    VICTORIA, BC, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Search and rescue professionals from
across Canada and around the world have gathered in Victoria, British Columbia
for SARSCENE 2007. The annual search and rescue conference is co-hosted by the
National Search and Rescue Secretariat and British Columbia Provincial
Emergency Program in association with the British Columbia Search and Rescue
Association.
    Over 500 delegates are attending the three day event that began this
morning with opening ceremonies at the Victoria Conference Centre. "The spirit
of search and rescue lies in the tireless efforts and organized response of
search and rescue professionals across our vast country," said British
Columbia Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General John Les. "Many lives
have been saved because of the expertise and dedication of the numerous men
and women who work and volunteer in this noble field."
    Search and rescue providers from all levels of government, the military,
emergency services agencies and volunteer organizations are among the many
participants at SARSCENE 2007. Conference events include over 65 presentations
given by Canadian and international experts on a wide variety of topics
reflecting search and rescue's multidisciplinary character. There are also
over 55 exhibitors displaying the latest in search and rescue equipment,
services, and technology at the Tradeshow.
    For the first time this year, the Tradeshow opens its doors to the public
the morning of Saturday October 20th. This is followed by an outdoor live
demonstration and displays of search and rescue aircraft, vessels, and ground
equipment. With several different agencies participating, this event offers
the public an excellent chance to see some of Canada's elite search and rescue
crews in action and then meet rescue specialists while touring static displays
of boats, helicopters, and equipment.
    The Lead Minister for Search and Rescue, the Honourable Peter MacKay,
recognizes the importance of the gathering. "This conference is a way for our
search and rescue community to share knowledge and learn from experiences", he
said. "It strengthens partnerships among individuals and groups who work
together to make Canada's search and rescue system a model for many countries
around the world."

    The National Search and Rescue Secretariat is a portfolio agency of the
federal government that reports directly to the Lead Minister for Search and
Rescue, the Minister of National Defence. Created in 1986, the Secretariat
works with various levels of government, police and emergency services to
manage and improve search and rescue activities throughout Canada.
    For more information, please consult the National Search and Rescue
Secretariat website at www.nss.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Stéfanie Power, National Search
and Rescue Secretariat, (613) 862-2058, spower@nss.gc.ca; Glen Plummer,
British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program, (250) 952-4846,
Glen.Plummer@gov.bc.ca

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