Welcome to Tri-County GSAR
- Created on 14 December 2014
During the holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those
who have made this team possible and help bring the lost and missing person home.
It is in this spirit we say,
simply but sincerely...
Thank you and Best Wishes
for the Holiday Season!
- Created on 12 December 2014
Twas the night before Christmas , and all though SAR land
The pagers were quiet, the silence was grand.
The search dogs were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of tennis balls danced in their heads.
LE, search managers, team leaders and all of the team had just settled in to warm beds to dream.
When all of a sudden the pagers went wild. Report to the SAR barn! Please let it not be a child!
We sprang from our beds, finding coffee and gear and praying the call wasn't severe.
Kissed partners and children and silently prayed we'd be home to spend Christmas with our families that day.
Into the SAR barn the troops we all streamed, ready to grab trucks and be made into teams.
But what to our wondering eyes should appear, but a big guy dressed in red with a snowy white beard.
He called us together in the briefing room. He couldn't be the Search Manager, but no one would assume.
"I couldn't fathom what to bring you tonight – more GPS, helos , more LCD lights?
Thought of new boots or saddles or even field food? But those weren't right to show my gratitude
I did do some more good while you were all on your way. Washed the rigs, did reports, fed the horses some hay.
But even though I did all of that stuff, I knew quite surely it wasn't enough.
But then the perfect gift leaped into my head. I'm sorry it meant getting you out of bed."
Then he winked and clapped and what should appear, but a screen filled with pictures and maps – quite dog eared.
A log showing all of our missions that year, spilling out memories that brought out some tears.
There the hunter, the lost child, the family in snow. There the rope team going over for the hurt person below.
There the horses climbing surely to leave no one behind. There the search dogs alerting to signal a find.
There the helo flying over and spotting the car. There the divers going under to bring someone up from afar.
There the hasty rigs making sure no road has been failed. There the snowmobiles, ATVs covering every possible trail.
There the hikers, the drivers, search managers and deputies.
There the radio, logistics, operations and planning.
"I know you don't do this for fortune or fame. It isn't for big bucks, it isn't a game.
You do it just because you think its right. You believe people should live - luck or stupidity despite.
You pay a price – jobs and life sometimes scattered. You wonder sometimes if it all really matters.
But here is what I hope is abundantly clear, your sacrifice matters, you are really quite dear.
These people are home with their families tonight, because none of you would give up the fight.
I know there are some that you couldn't save. But their families, at least, have some peace by the grave.
There is nothing more grand I could put by your tree, nothing more I could bring that would shine more than these.
It's the best I could think of as my way to say, we all are so lucky you are out there each day!
Tomorrow when you open presents at home I want you to know, this present is there, adding its special glow.
So now to home each of you, to ones that you kissed. I've magically reset time so nothing is missed.
Have a wonderful day with family, food and fun. I'll try to arrange it so no missions to run.
Oh, and I've also given you back those lost hours of sleep!"
Then he jumped in his sled and to his team gave a whistle. Away they all went like that down on the thistle.
And we heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight "Merry Christmas in SAR land – to all a safe night!"
SAR Dog Orientation
- Created on 02 December 2014
On Sunday November 30, 2014, K9 handlers Yoland Thomas and Dennis Ferette from the Chaleaur Region provided a K9 orientation and demonstration to NBGSAR members from across the province.
MPS Check 2014
- Created on 02 December 2014
On Saturday November 29, 2014, the newly appointed Minister of Public Safety, The Honorable Stephen Horseman attended the NBGSARA Board meeting in Fredericton at J Division HQ to present this year’s GSAR funding in person to NBGSARA President Kenn Hong. Representatives from the provinces 10 teams who make up the Provincial Board of Directors were also present.
- Created on 23 November 2014
Members of Tri-County GSAR spent the day on Saturday Nov 22, practising their tracking skills. Team member Jamie Harper organised the day’s events along with our president Craig Windsor and training committee member S.M. Duane Miller. Thanks to all who showed up and a special thanks to Jamie for sharing his extensive years of tracking experience with us.
- Created on 12 November 2014
The above photo is courtesy of "Aero View Photography" Mark Leblanc
Tri-County responded to a mutual assist call from Central Region Operation (York Sunbury). The call was for a 75-year-old hunter missing in the woods in Lepreau area, after failing to return home on November 11, has been located safe and sound. A ground search and rescue team found the Grand Bay-Westfield man around 11:30 a.m. on November 12, 2014