They started out as a dozen.
Now they’ve conducted 2,500 search operations, over 200-thousand logged hours, and 40 volunteers.
North Shore Rescue is celebrating their 50th anniversary this weekend with an Open House on Sunday.
On the CKNW Weekend show with Sam Ferris, three founding members spoke about what it took to get the team the experts in search and rescue operations that they needed over the years.
Gerry Brewer says he classifies the team as ‘innovators’, always filling in the gaps for public needs and existing emergency services.
“The team has always been a volunteer organization filling in the gaps between the demands by the public for service in their time of need, whoever they are, where ever they are. And the existing emergency services then and today. When we saw the need for a dive team, we formed a dive team, took all the serious training, enabling us to do that. We saw a need for search management, so we rolled a course on search management.”
Brewer adds that, even 50 years later, there’s always something new to learn.
“The innovation skill that the team had from day one to meet the challenges and changes to today continue. The technology has moved, I won’t get into the detail but it’s significantly changed things. Our medical treatment capability has significantly enhanced and advanced.”
Brewer says the biggest challenge they face today is that people who go out in the outdoors are not taking enough responsibility and go beyond their means.
The NSR performs over 90 rescue operations every year.