The management of lost person incidents in Canada presents unique challenges: Vast areas, rugged wilderness, and cold climate. Our history has always included interagency collaborations, field training and an emphasis on research and sharing efficient techniques. We will first summarize the development and use of lost person behavior data to designate segments to search and illustrate application with a tabletop exercise, revisiting a case in Sundrie, Alberta.
We will discuss common issues regarding use of statistics from manuals and how local data can be used to provide more elaborate and pertinent information than aggregate data in manuals. Briefings and debriefings of search teams can reinforce an awareness of local scenarios. Finally, we suggest how field training to increase Probability of Detection can be integrated with knowledge of particular lost person tendencies.