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October 21, 2004
Toronto HUSAR team successfully defends its title at SARSCENE 2004
The Toronto HUSAR (Heavy Urban Search And Rescue) team went to SARSCENE 2004
with the intent of defending their title as SARSCENE Games Champions, and
defend it they did.

The eighth annual SARSCENE Games were the feature event for the first day of
SARSCENE 2004. Held at Fort Calgary and St. Patrick's Island in Calgary, the
games brought four Canadian teams together to compete in various search and
rescue (SAR) events.

Following a day of fierce competition, the Toronto HUSAR team defended its
title as overall champion, followed by Foot Hills Search and Rescue in second
place, Ground Search Newfoundland in third place, and in fourth place was a
team from Moosejaw, Saskatchewan.

The Toronto HUSAR representatives were chosen from the HUSAR training group.
The following members were chosen for their abilities:
· Steve Sadler, Toronto Police
· Alan Wingfield, Toronto Emergency Medical Services
· Geoff Boisseau, Toronto Fire Services
· Alan Thomas, Toronto Fire Services.

The competition involved the completion of six activities:
1. search management (table top exercise)
2. navigation (map and compass skills over a pre-determined course)
3. emergency scene management/medical (boat accident with casualties)
4. evidence/clue search (lost child scenario)
5. relay event (four timed activities):
· 12 general SAR questions
· knot tying
· map knowledge
· shelter building (one-armed)
6. detection skills (locating pre-positioned clues).

The Toronto HUSAR team gave their strongest performance in the emergency scene
management/medical event, taking rapid and professional control over a
simulated boating accident involving two casualties. A special award, sponsored
by Wilderness Medical Associates, for the team with the best performance in the
medical scenario, was also awarded to the Toronto team.

Media contact:
David Sheen, Toronto Fire Services, PIO, Office: 416-338-9317, Pager:



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