Tag: rescue

Out of Bounds Skiers are not the problem

I posit the following: There’s no appreciable difference between an out of bounds skier and most other rescues SAR does. Aside from the fact that out of bounds skiers represent a very small number of the total rescues BC SAR

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Are we rescuing people too soon?

I had a conversation with another SAR member the other day and he mentioned something interesting. He referred to a policy known euphemistically as “the first night’s free” – commonly used in areas that get a lot of SAR calls that are

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A decade of long line rescue

In 2005 I was selected with another member of Coquitlam SAR to be a part of North Shore Rescue’s HETS (long line rescue) team. This led to being selected to be a part of the 2010 Olympics Long Line Rescue team,

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RCMP to be charged for CH-149 Cormorant

People in BC are used to seeing the CH-149 Cormorant helicopter, based at 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Comox, BC. This helicopter is the Canadian Forces SAR helicopter. It costs about $30,000 an hour to operate, and soon, if

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On Life Jackets

Every summer we’re faced with multiple stories about people drowning in BC. Somewhere between 50 to 70 preventable deaths per year in BC alone, according to the drowning report published by the Canadian Lifesaving society. Being a ground SAR volunteer, I’m not called out for water-relatedincidents

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Smart Phone and GPS

I noted that there was some chatter recently on how cell phone GPS units work, and some misinformation that deserves clarification. First I would like to point out that the most probable place where an error in a GPS location

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Growth of of the Long Line Rescue technique

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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Donations are not repayment

There has been a recent spate of rescues in BC where the subjects were under the impression that they would have to pay a fine for being rescued. This is, of course, incorrect. The problem is, when people think they

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Calling for help early saves lives

Yesterday my SAR team was called to rescue three stranded hikers near Buntzen Lake. Global News covered the story. The location software they are referring to is YourLo.ca/tion, a prototype I whipped up based on some ideas myself and another

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Locating lost people using smart phones

A few weeks back I managed a search for two people lost near Buntzen Lake. After we rescued them, I learned that one of them had a smart phone with a GPS (in this case, an iPhone), but neither subject

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