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SAR Tech
« on: August 02, 2001, 21:43:00 »
Hey,

This is kinda off topic (airforce), but I‘ll ask anyways..

What are the Canadian SAR Techs like? are they anywhere near the US Para-Rescue jumpers? From what I‘ve read up about them, they sort of are, as they do some pretty hardcore stuff, but I‘m not sure how close they are.. (I think the PJ‘s are more ‘fight your way to the rescue‘ than the SAR Techs, though.. They‘re also considered special forces in the states)

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Re: SAR Tech
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2001, 22:19:00 »
With all the talk of JTF and the Airbourne, I would consider the SAR techs one of the elites of the Forces. Whereas all others train for the job, these guys actual do it.

It is another of one of those trades you can not enter directly but must remuster to and go thru a rigerious selection process to gain entry.
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2001, 11:54:00 »
The difference between Canada‘s SAR tech‘s and the American PJ‘s is that our SAR techs are primarily domestic search and rescue.  While the PJs do assist in domestic operations they primarily train for combat search and rescue (CSAR).  Our SAR techs are unfortunatley not mandated for CSAR.  However the SAR techs are just as capable and dependable as any of the counterparts in other countries. Sometimes better.  Their course is very hard to get onto and even harder to pass.  
And RCA is right... it is one of the few units that are 100% operational and doing their primary job.  

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Re: SAR Tech
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2001, 02:10:00 »
SAR TECH trade...really great and one of the things to aspire to. Probably the most recognised part of the military that the general public knows/appreaciates. SAR Tech are invaluable to our nation, the work that they perform is top notch. Hard to get in, but I assume highly rewarding to help people in need.

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Re: SAR Tech
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2001, 23:11:00 »
I heard a statistic that i have not been able to verify, but very possibly may be true. On any given year there may be, and have been as many as 200-300 applicants for 8-10 positions. Very steep competition indeed. Best of luck to anyone who is applying.

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Re: SAR Tech
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2001, 23:14:00 »
yep, I think it‘s someting like that (It says somewheres on the DND site).

I‘d like to try when I‘ve got my 4 years experience.. It would be a hell of a job.

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Re: SAR Tech
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2001, 14:54:00 »
Okay here‘s the question I have, and I am hoping someone can provide an answer. Is the SAR Tech trade a reg force remuster only? The local recruiting center here in Ottawa was unable to help me. This coming november will be my 4 years but all 4 have been with the reserves. If anyone can clarify this issue for me, please reply. Thanks.

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Re: SAR Tech
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2001, 16:43:00 »
Hey meathead,

What unit are you with in Ottawa?

I just moved here, going to the U of O and looking at joining a resaerve unit.

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Re: SAR Tech
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2001, 15:33:00 »
There are many units in the ottawa area and it depends really on what interests you as to which unit to join. There are infantry regiments, engineer squandron, signals, service batallion if you want to be an mp, log or eme, there is an artillery unit, there is a medical company, there is the navy reserve....... what interests you?

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Re: SAR Tech
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2001, 00:29:00 »
Infantry. I was looking at the Guards and the Higlanders. I‘m trying to find out what night they each parade on, I have a few night classes that may conflict.

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Re: SAR Tech
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2001, 08:48:00 »
Is there not also an armoured unit in Hull?  

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Re: SAR Tech
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2001, 10:42:00 »
The Guards parade Tuesday nights, the Camerons on Thursdays. There are also, artillery, medical, and Service Bn units in Ottawa as well as The Regt. De Hull in, well, Hull.
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Re: SAR Tech
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2001, 11:48:00 »
any reccommendations?

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Re: SAR Tech
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2001, 20:47:00 »
To clarify a question asked earlier, the SAR TECH trade is only open to the regular force at this point of time.  

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Re: SAR Tech
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2001, 23:26:00 »
A sar tech recently told me that the number of applicants for the trade is drastically decreasing. So, it may be more of a reality, to those slack and idle members. heh

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SAR Techs
« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2004, 00:15:10 »
Does anyone here have any experience with this trade?  I've been reading a bit about it, but not much information is available.  The fitness standard seems unreal - has anyone on this board ever tried to apply?  Anyone know how these guys operate?

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Re: SAR Techs
« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2004, 01:48:57 »
whats the physical standard??? I knew it was tough but.....unreal?

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Re: SAR Techs
« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2004, 01:53:49 »
I know I may not have the best knowledge about this but on my intro to survival course last year, a SAR Tech jumped from a herc and landed in a lake. This was all planned of course. He came to talkabout being a SAR tach and Survival and stuff. He was saying that they were really tryiing to recruit people and that there were very little applicants in the time around when he spoke to us and instead of filtering out applicants (which would be the case when there are normally too many applicants and not enough spaces) they were accepting most people. He also said that one of the requirments was that you have to be at least a Corporal. Again I don't know how much this information will help as this was in Nova Scotia and last year.
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Re: SAR Techs
« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2004, 02:51:38 »
The physical standards to pass the selection are about as rigorous as those to get into the JTF2, as are the prerequisites (to the best of my knowledge). Yes, anyone who is a Cpl or up in their trade with a certain amount of time in can apply, but the vast majority will not make it though the selection.
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Re: SAR Techs
« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2004, 15:24:58 »
As I understand it, then fitness test to be a SAR Tech consists of the following:

6 metre rope climb
30 pushups
30 situps
400 metre shuttle run
2.4 km run

Indiviually none of these are all that difficult - the kicker is that the ENTIRE test must be completed in under 17 minutes.   

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Re: SAR Techs
« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2004, 23:48:30 »
From talking to a buddy who completed selection (which was 2 weeks) there is a lot of physical as well as mental tests.  The 4 day survival which is done on your own seems unreal.  no food except some little candies for 4 days and you have a bunch of tasks to complete.  Nav is huge and you have to carry everything with you through some of the crapiest terrain there is.  Were talking parachute, survival gear, ruck sack etc.  From him describing it I would wager that it maybe even more difficult then JTF.
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Re: SAR Techs
« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2004, 15:33:34 »
The physical standards to pass the selection are about as rigorous as those to get into the JTF2, as are the prerequisites (to the best of my knowledge). Yes, anyone who is a Cpl or up in their trade with a certain amount of time in can apply, but the vast majority will not make it though the selection.

You're absolutely right, it's one of those trades where you have to be MOC qualified in another trade before you can apply.  The same sorta thing for Flight Engineers (FE) and Airborne Sensor Operators (AESOP).  It's also only avail to NCMs, officers need not apply.  As for time in requirements, someone else will have to answer that.

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Re: SAR Techs
« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2004, 16:48:00 »
geez...

I met a couple SAR techs at an air show when i was 13. I thought to myself how cool would that be to parachute in remote locations to rescue people! I thought i would join as a AVN tech becaome a Cpl and go thru my chain of command to apply. But i've realized that the recruiting process for SAR techs is just as tough a JTF2. I'll still join as an AVN tech after high school. We'll just see what type of shape i'm in when i make it to Cpl.  ::)

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« Reply #23 on: July 09, 2004, 19:04:34 »
All I can say is SAR techs are Hardcore (capital H intended). Paramedics with special forces physical standards and lots of jump training. Of course they also have it easier than most other hardcore trades since they work airside   ;D

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Re: SAR Techs
« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2004, 22:32:23 »
I take it that you can be in any branch of the CF to apply as a SAR TECH? I too am in the early stages of Applying to the CF and I am joining as an AVN Tech. But I do have the goal of either being a Flight Engineer on Hercs, Auroras or Becoming a SAR TECH. Any how, we'll see how things Pan out.