HELP and Huddle Positions

HELP and Huddle Positions – Cold Water Survival

The H.E.L.P. (HELP: Heat Escape Lessening Posture) and Huddle positions were developed in Victoria, BC, Canada by the University of Victoria’s Hypothermia / Cold Water survival team in or before 1977.  The positions are part of the Canadian Boating License learning.  The positions’ goal  is to reduce the heat loss from the body’s three major areas of heat loss:  groin, head/neck, and armpits/rib cage.

Below is a great poster/image from the Res-Q-Air section of a past SARBC website. Continue reading “HELP and Huddle Positions”

Hagglunds BV206 in Search and Rescue Use

These Swedish all terrain vehicles where originally designed for snow but are used in all situations now.  They have an issue in that they need transport to where they will be used off-road; however, they can go places not imagined with a regular 4×4.

Hagglunds BV206
Bay Search & Rescue, UK: Hagglunds BV206

Many militaries use the BV206.  Canada Forces uses these vehicles by the Immediate Reaction Units in domestic operations in both winter and Arctic conditions.


Magnetic North Pole

Compass laying on SARBC jacket

Magnetic North Pole

Journey to the Top (or the Relocated Dip)

Ray Talson, Search & Rescue Society of BC

The North Magnetic Pole – of interest to navigators for centuries – but no one knew exactly where it was.

A study was done by the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Geological survey of Canada, Geophysics Division, to determine the exact location of the North Magnetic Dip Pole (NMDP). This is the location where the north seeking end of the compass needle wants to point straight into the ground. The study was published by the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 23, 1986. The study was authored by L.R. Newitt and E.R. Niblett. This review is based on pages 1062 through 1067 of that study. Continue reading “Magnetic North Pole”