Tag: HETS

A short reflection on a decade of being a long line rescue tech.

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Looking up

By analysing a database of SAR incident on BC over the past decade we can show the grown of the Long Line Rescue technique over time.

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Flying over Whistler Village in 2008

Adding to the discussion about the BC Search and Rescue system, I propose some solutions to the problems pointed out by Tim Jones of North Shore Rescue.

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Harvey’s Cloud, a weather phenomenon I encountered at Whistler during the 2010 Olympics

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Some information and clarification on the “grounding” of long line operations in BC and Canada

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I spent the weekend (4 days) training in Squamish with the rest of my SAR team on helicopter long line rescue.

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A case study of a rescue with a Personal Locator Beacon in SouthWestern BC detailing rescuer’s difficulties accessing the location.

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News tonight of a rescue in Yoho National Park. Parks Canada pioneered the rescue technique SAR people in BC know variously as HETS (Human External Transport System), or “Class ‘D’” operations (referring to the Aviation regulations that govern people being …

HETS Mountain Rescue in Yoho National Park Read More »

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I’ve written about the rescue technique known as HETS several times. Basically it’s a technique that’s perfect for inserting and extracting rescuers and equipment from BC’s forested slopes. Where a helicopter pilot can’t hover or land, they can long line. …

Helicopter Rescue Drill and Recertification Read More »

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A description of my backcountry ski rig for SAR and reasons why I chose it.

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