Richard Smith


Richard Smith

Richard Smith has an extensive background spanning over 40 years in the fields of Search and Rescue and Emergency Management. During his 23 years with the RCMP across Canada, he was involved in Search and Rescue at all levels both as a practitioner and in the development of policies and training standards in search and rescue. Richard spent several years working for Clearwater County Public Safety and Clearwater Emergency Management Agency, as well as being an active member of a Rocky Mountain House Volunteer Search and Rescue, Didsbury Search and Rescue, Sundre Search and Rescue and the Nordegg Volunteer Fire Service. After Clearwater County Richard spent four years working for the US Department of Homeland Security, with the Southeast Florida Domestic Security Task Force as a Federal Homeland Security consultant. In 2012 Richard joined Alberta Justice and Solicitor General in the field of Security and Intelligence. He teaches in a variety of program areas, including Search and Rescue
Management (Urban and Wilderness), Incident Command System, Emergency Management. Richard’s extensive actual experience in searches and rescues missions since 1977, emergency management incidents, combine with his backcountry experience (including solo, unsupported backcountry expeditions in remote areas of Canada) to provide others with an expertise that is practical, comprehensive, and relevant to a wide variety of situations. Richard has co- authored five Search and Rescue books since 1999. Richard has been the recipient of numerous Provincial and National awards and has been a presenter at many International and National conferences.

How to Make Decisions Under Stress during Critical Incidents and Maintain Situational Awareness

12 Oct 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Search and Rescue Managers, how do you make decisions under stress during critical incidents? Do you have the ability to qualify and quantify your SAR mission decisions to a public inquiry, court of law, or during civil litigation? SAR Managers are under the microscope, living in a fish bowl for the decisions they make. Do you have a process that can be defended and meets a standard of care and best practices. Session will cover lessons learned for the manager, team leader and how to maintain situational awareness and present a practical approach to decisions for command and control. Class is Intended For: SAR Team Managers and Team Leaders.