Season 3 Episode 2

Update from the Arctic, AI SAR & 4×4 Response

Welcome to Season 3 Episode 2 of SARCast – Luke is joined by Ralph Simonsen aka Famous Ralph. It is a jammed packed discussion covering a wide range of subjects including the Icelandic ICE-SAR Conference, Avalanches and a good update on what Ralph has been up to in the Arctic Circle! At the end of their discussion they discuss Artificial Intelligence (AI) use in Drone search and rescue.

Later Luke is joined by Sam Vincent from Derbyshire 4×4 Response Team who discuss what a 4×4 Response team is, what they get up to here in the UK and Sam shares his experiences of Snow and a good view of what it’s like in the team.

Episode Links:
ICE-SAR Conference –
Norsk Folkehjelp –
Norsk Folkenhjelp Midt-Troms –
Derbyshire 4×4 Response Team –
Modern Outdoor Survival Snow Episode –

Dr Robert Koester:

Robert J. Koester first joined the Appalachian Search & Rescue Conference in 1981 and since then has participated in hundreds of searches. He holds a PhD in search theory from the University of Portsmouth and is CEO of dbS Productions. His contributions to search and rescue include seminal research on lost person behavior (with emphasis on dementia), the International Search and Rescue Incident Database (ISRID), a tactical decision aid software – FIND. A Search Mission Coordinator, instructor for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and past president of the Virginia Search and Rescue Council (15 years), Robert has also worked for the United States Coast Guard, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Park Service, Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Author of numerous books and articles on search and rescue. He has presented in Aruba, Australia, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States and Canada.

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