Five members of Arrowsmith Search and Rescue (ASAR) have successfully completed their Rope Rescue Tech 1 evaluation.
It took many hours of training since the course started in April, but they are now familiar with all aspects of rope rescue.
This includes learning knots, different raising and lowering techniques, proper harness connections, securing a person in a stretcher and stretcher rigging.
The course and evaluation was run by Island Alpine Guides and also included SAR Members from Comox, Campbell River and Squamish.
This was another step by SAR teams to continually improve their technical response to emergencies.
Trainees will learn outdoor skills, first aid and team work. An eagerness to learn is important. Applicants to the team should be prepared to participate in training, search and rescue operations and other team activities.
ASAR is also looking for people join its support team as a volunteer and play a crucial role in operations by aiding both ground search and rescue (GSAR) members and Command Units.
They are also fundraising to purchase the second of two initial response vehicles, which are part of the reason ASAR has sped up its response times over the past decade or so.
They are equipped to begin setup for numerous rescue scenarios.
To donate to the Rescue Ready campaign, go to https://www.arrowsmithsar.ca/donate/.
— NEWS Staff