A vision for change for SAR in BC
I am following up on concerns expressed by close friends of mine who are fellow veteran SAR members, on sustainability and effectiveness of the current Volunteer SAR model.
THE FIRST LEG...
Hasty Team Standby Pay for high volume SAR teams in order to maintain a 24/7 posture to respond to critical SAR Tasks is now required.
THE SECOND LEG
Dedicated light intermediate helicopters for SAR work in BC. The helicopter and skilled pilots are the vital link in Mountain SAR. Asking private operators to have machines sitting unpaid waiting for a SAR call will bankrupt them.
THE THIRD LEG
Communications Communications Communications
A provincial communications system that mirrors Forestry . The current patch work system does not provide the effective safety net required for SAR operations in this province.