Arrowsmith Search and Rescue has signed an access agreement with Mosaic Forest Management for training exercises and data sharing opportunities.
ASAR is one of many search and rescue organizations Mosaic Forest Management supports. The other groups that also signed access agreements include Alberni Valley Rescue Squad, Campbell River Search and Rescue, Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue, Ladysmith Search and Rescue, Nanaimo Search and Rescue, and Westcoast Inland Search and Rescue.
The agreements follow Mosaic’s landmark signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Arrowsmith Search and Rescue in 2021.
BC Search and Rescue organizations are run entirely by on-call volunteers. Year-round, they dedicate their time and expertise to the people of BC and those they rescue. Other organizations may be added to the list.
“We’re very proud to support the dedicated volunteers of these Search and Rescue organizations,” said Domenico Iannidinardo, Mosaic’s senior vice-president, forest and climate and chief forester. “They play a critical role in public safety, providing a vital lifeline to those who are lost or injured in the Vancouver Island wilderness.”
Provincially, search and rescue calls are trending upward.
“People are often reported missing simply because they didn’t let someone know where they were going or when they planned to return,” said ASAR president Nick Rivers. “Our access agreement with Mosaic helps facilitate both live rescues and practice scenarios, ultimately bringing down the number of rescue calls.”
Mosaic and Vancouver Island SAR organizations remind recreationalists to prioritize trip safety when visiting local forests. Whether summer or winter, trip planning, training, and taking the essentials are all part of being AdventureSmart.
For more information about AdventureSmart, visit AdventureSmart.ca.
For information on recreational access to Mosaic’s private forest lands, visit MosaicForests.com/Access.
— NEWS Staff