Calls for overhaul of B.C.’s Search and Rescue system

Global News

Search and Rescue crews have saved countless lives across the province, whether that’s rescuing lost or injured hikers or digging out avalanche victims.

Now there is a call from a high profile member of the North Shore Rescue Team to reform the way things are done — because he says the current system is ineffective.

Every year, volunteer search crews respond to more than 1300 emergencies. On the North Shore, more than half the calls involve helicopter rescues.

But during the dry summer months, those helicopters are often tied up.

“Fire season brings a very difficult dynamic, where we are in a holding pattern until Coastal Fire can release a helicopter,” says Tim Jones of North Shore Search and Rescue.

“They do their best for the major emergencies but there are times when those helicopters simply aren’t available when we need them because they’re out there fighting fires.”

Jones is calling for…

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