P.E.I. SARscene conference sharpens search and rescue skills

More than 350 people from all over the world are in Charlottetown to take part in SARscene 2015, a conference to help search and rescue workers sharpen and upgrade their skills.
Search and rescue workers are taking part in the SARscene conference in Charlottetown. (CBC)

More than 350 people from across Canada are in Charlottetown this weekend to attend SARscene 2015, a conference that allows search and rescue workers to sharpen and upgrade their skills.

Participants can take part in a lost person behaviour course and a mapSAR course, said Frances Gertch, a member of the P.E.I. Ground Search and Rescue team. 

"This is about how we use GIS technology in search and rescue. There's a series of meetings with associations like the search and rescue volunteer association with Canada." 

Saturday events include a field training session in Victoria Park. The public is invited to watch demonstrations and view displays.

"We also have pre-event training like managing the urban search course that's being put on by the national association for search and rescue out of the U.S," Gertch said.

"There are regular concurrent sessions. Those will take place on Sunday and Monday."

This is the second time P.E.I. has hosted the conference which wraps up Monday.