Campbell River Search and Rescue would like to thank Campbell River and the North Island community for all their support during the last year. It is truly rewarding for our members not just when we complete a task, having brought home an injured or lost hiker, but to be recognized and appreciated around the community. Our employers deserve thanks too, for letting many of us go during work, when a call for help comes in.
Among the highlights that come to mind for the year are:
- being able to put away $20,000 toward our next major acquisition –a new vehicle and utility box to replace our inadequate cube van. This is chiefly due to a generous donation from a private citizen.
- taking on 11 new members, who have already proven themselves as a huge asset to our personnel resources.
- helping Dorothy Goodwin celebrate her 94th birthday with an unforgettable trip to the Elk Falls suspension bridge (See Video)
- strengthening our CDFL (helicopter long-line rescue) team with new members as well as newly-trained pilots
- a full day training exercise at Elk Falls during July. The public were able to watch us in action as we were lowered into the canyon, swam the rapids, and were raised out again either by ropes or helicopter. (See Video)
- setting another record for hours contributed to the cause; by the time all our members’ hours for tasks, training and public relations are tallied for 2015, the total will approach or exceed 9,000.
The nature of search and rescue work in British Columbia seems to be changing. Because of technology, we are doing less actual searching and more responding to calls of help from people who can tell us where they are. But the challenge for us is that we must still stay trained and ready for the next big search.
Training plans for 2016 are already underway, with a January training weekend at Mt Cain. Participants will review avalanche safety, and search and rescue techniques, as well as enjoy some winter recreation.
Campbell River Search and Rescue would not be a fraction of what it is today, without ongoing support from our community. Local government, service clubs, businesses and individuals have contributed enormous resources toward training, equipment and facilities, and for that we are very grateful. Tax deductable donations can be made directly through our website.
To find out more about C.R. Search and Rescue, have a look at the website (www.crsar.ca). Our annual recruitment drive will resume in the fall of 2016. Talented, fit, community-minded people will be required!