National Search and Rescue Secretariat

National Search and Rescue Secretariat

October 16, 2008 13:51 ET

Canadian Search and Rescue Professionals Meet in St. John's, N-L

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2008) - Search and rescue professionals from across Canada and around the world have gathered in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador for SARSCENE 2008. The annual search and rescue conference is co-hosted by the National Search and Rescue Secretariat and the Newfoundland and Labrador Search and Rescue Association in association with the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Justice.

Over 500 delegates are attending the four-day event that begins this morning with opening ceremonies at the Delta St. John's Hotel and Conference Centre. Search and rescue providers from all levels of government, the military, emergency services agencies and volunteer organizations are among the many participants at SARSCENE 2008. Conference events include over 50 presentations given by Canadian and international experts on a wide variety of topics reflecting search and rescue's multidisciplinary character. There are also over 50 exhibitors displaying the latest in search and rescue equipment, services, and technology at the SAR expo.

The SAR expo opens in the morning of October 16, and it will be followed by a Town Hall. On Saturday, October 18, the outdoor SAR demonstrations and public displays will be held at Quidi Vidi Lake. 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 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 visit the SARSCENE 2008 Conference Web site www.sarscene.ca and the National Search and Rescue Web site www.nss.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • National Search and Rescue Secretariat
    Media relations
    613-863-4474