Wildly Safe

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Congratulations to the Ontario Conservation Officers Association for their successful application to the Grass Rootes Funding Program with the Canadian Safe Boating Council as funded in partnership by Transport Canada.

Pictured here is Ian GILSON from the CSBC with the new “WildlySafe” poster at Toronto Police Marine Unit on Lake Ontario May 14th, 2015.

Did you know that Ontario Conservation Officers patrol more than 400,000 lakes, rivers and streams and all for the benefit of Ontario’s Natural Resources?  A big part of that is watching over those who choose to use these resources such as Anglers and Hunters.

Project “WildlySafe” is intended to provide an awareness to Ontario’s resource users on behalf of the Ontario Conservation Officers Association and Conservation Officers to think safe and be safe.  Preventing an accident, saving one life, rescuing one victim, wearing one life jacket can make a difference with you getting home safe at the end of a great trip.

Safety = Prevention

Prevention = Safety

Remember to wear a Lifejacket or PFD and do some of the following on behalf of all of us here at the OCOA:

1. Carry a sound signaling device and a watertight flashlight with batteries

2. Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you expect to return

3. Carry a communication device (cellular or sat phone)

4. Carry a first aid kit which can including an emergency blanket, waterproof matches, fishing line and hooks, water tablets, oxo cubes, power gel or other carbs in case of emergency

5. A personal locator beacon can alert search and rescue teams where you are when exploring in remote locations such as fly-in camps, remote logging roads, interior camping trips or great lakes fishing adventures.

6. Take a First Aid Course by a reputable provider

7. Research your trip using google earth and plot your course.  Save a copy of the google earth image for your family to save on their computer and can be used by search crews as a starting point and include your point of access

8. Know your personal limitations.  If you have never done remote wilderness adventures take a guided trip or try it with experienced persons first.

On behalf of all of us here at the OCOA please enjoy Ontario outdoors and be safe….

“WildlySafe”

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Thank you to our supporting partners with this “WildlySafe” message which includes:

Canadian Safe Boating Council

Transport Canada

Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers

Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario

Algoma Country – That Real

Athens Printing

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