Coquitlam Search and Rescue is hopeful they will soon be able to add drones to their team after firefighters in Langford B.C. used a drone to help rescue an injured hiker over the weekend.
The Coquitlam Search and Rescue team has been trying since January to use drones in their rescues.
Team manager Michael Coyle says they’re still in talks with Emergency Management BC to see what the potential risks and benefits of using drones would be.
“Well the rescue in Langford was a perfect example of one of the scenarios we’ve been saying would be useful to SAR, it’s very encouraging to see it used in such a way and so successfully.”
Lanfgord firefighters used the drone to locate the hiker, who had fallen down the side of a mountain and broken his leg.
“In the case of Langford, they’re not necessarily under Emergency Management BC since they’re a fire department. In our case, we’re working with EMBC since they’re in charge of search and rescue.”