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Video: GSPS brush up on skills in emergency scenario

Search and rescue team put through their paces this week

Greater Sudbury Police Service’s search and rescue team members were busy refreshing their skills Thursday morning in a practice scenario behind Hanmer.

Const. Kevin Tremblay, GSPS, search manager, said this year’s scenario was based on real-life events. A father abducted his seven-month-old child. This particular scenario does not have a happy ending, as searchers find the child’s body, and continue their search for the father.

The search and rescue team needs to be prepared for the worst, he said. The search began around 7 a.m. and was wrapping up around noon.

“It’s important to conduct missions like this every year, because we have 26 members on our team, and we all don’t work together. It’s important to get together and practise these skills. These are perishable skills, and if we don’t want to be lagging behind when we do have to respond to an emergency, we need to make sure we’re ready to go when those skills are required.”

North Shore Search and Rescue also participated in Thursday’s scenario.