Valley Search and Rescue members are holding a major training session in the Centreville area on Sept. 22. In addition to VSAR, ground search and rescue teams from Hants and Annapolis counties, the Emergency Measures Organization and the RCMP are participating. - Jennifer Vardy Little
Members of Valley Search and Rescue, along with their counterparts in Hants and Annapolis counties, Kings County RCMP and the Emergency Measures Organization are holding a major training exercise in the Centreville area today.
“It’s a multi-agency training exercise,” explained Cpl. Mike Carter of the RCMP. He added that area residents should not be concerned if they notice unusual activity in the area today.
The training session gives VSAR the opportunity to assess their operating capacities in a controlled environment, said Steve Best, search director with VSAR.
In the scenario searchers are using Sept. 22, a man with dementia left his home overnight. When his wife woke up to find him missing, she called for help. The man has a Project Life Saver device – a GPS-like device that allows searchers to track him if he goes missing – but he’s cut it off and is lost in a wooded area, prompting VSAR’s quick response team to call in more help from other agencies.
The training exercise is expected to last most of the day.
See more in the Sept. 26 Register.