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Growth of of the Long Line Rescue technique

Looking up

Using the data gathered from the EMBC Incident Reports (see previous posts) it is possible to do a little investigation into what rescue techniques are used, and how frequently. This is important to gauge their relative importance and prevalence in the

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Comparing SAR Funding in BC

Comparison of the cost-per-incident of the top 16 ground SAR teams in BC by call volume

I struggled for a while before deciding to write this post. The purpose of this post is to illustrate that there is a disparity in SAR funding across teams in BC. This is not intended to show that SAR does

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SAR Team call volumes in BC

British Columbia SAR Team Call Volume, 2003 - 2012

Who is the busiest Ground SAR team in BC? I’d like to preface this post by saying that by no means should these numbers reflect the relative value your SAR groups represents to BC or your community.  The number of

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Busiest Canada Day Weekend in a Decade

Mountain Rappelling

If you are a SAR member in BC and you are feeling a little tired, I can tell you why. I just looked through the EMBC Incident Summaries for the Canada Day long weekend and counted 32 incidents. That makes

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Canadian Avalanche Air Bag study

Avalanche Balloon packs, or “Air Bags” (see WildSnow.com for an excellent overview of the current offerings) have been out for a few years, and other than anecdotal evidence, or data compiled by the manufacturers, there hasn’t been a lot of independent and peer reviewed study

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BC Life expectancy highest in Canada

There’s a report from last year that shows that British Columbia’s life expectancy is the highest in Canada. There’s another one today that shows that BC men now lead the world in life expectancy, with women outliving men, but coming in 6th in

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Map of SAR Incidents in BC 2011

My good friend Rick Laing, SAR Manager and member of Ridge Meadows SAR and GIS guru sent me a link to a map he published. It has the locations of all of the SAR teams in BC, and includes all of

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Archived Avalanche Bulletins

I’ve always wondered why the CAA’s web site doesn’t have a link to the archived avalanche bulletins. I could be wrong, but I just can’t find it. It’s not a normal thing to want to go back and look at

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Accidents in Incidents: A review of SAR-related injuries

Any reader of my blog knows I love numbers. Collecting information can tell you a lot of things; it can tell the shape of a problem, whether the problem is big, small or insignificant, and it can define problems that

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Frequency of SAR Incidents

SAR Incidents by Week and Type (2003 to 2010)

Most SAR teams maintain records of each incident independently from PEP, but even if they didn’t I’m sure they would all agree; there are more SAR incidents in the summer than in the winter. Further, calls come with greater frequency

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