Practice make perfect with SCSAR

Search and Rescue

South Cariboo Search and Rescue member Guy Hildebrand participates in the annual practice at Mahood Lake recently. Hildebrand is taking a stretcher across the Canim River

South Cariboo Search and Rescue member Guy Hildebrand participates in the annual practice at Mahood Lake recently. Hildebrand is taking a stretcher across the Canim River

South Cariboo Search and Rescue (SCSAR) combined its Practical technical rescue operations practice with a social when 10 SCSAR members and some family members got together at Mahood Lake recently.

“Training involves wild-land rope rescue from extreme slope and canyon areas,” says SCSAR rope team leader James Seeley. “The training also involves swift water rescue scenarios.”

The SCSAR, when mobilized by the RCMP, BC Ambulance Service or the BC Coroner’s Service, provides a service to the South Cariboo area by searching for lost, missing and overdue people.

They are also involved in rescues that involve swift water, lake ice, lakes, technical rope, and avalanche-recovery situations.

During the training session, a transverse high-line was rigged across the Canim River, says Seeley, which simulates the ability to transfer people and gear across moving water where there may be no bridge or other access. He adds that SCSAR members simulate the “patient” extrication from point of injury to safety.

For more information, call 250-395-3210 or visit the website www.sar.100mile.com.