A busy weekend has wrapped up for North Shore Rescue crews with the safe return of a 31-year-old hiker who spent the night on Grouse Mountain.
But it illustrates a much larger problem for team leader Mike Danks, who says his volunteer team are beyond the point of exhaustion.
“I truly believe that if it continues at this rate, there needs to be people that are paid standby to stick around for the weekend and ensure the community is covered off at the search and rescue teams.”
Danks says it’s times like this he wishes his predecessor Tim Jones was here to demand help from the province.
“He was the perfect guy to fight that battle with the provincial government. We’re doing our best to keep up with the call volume at this point, but yes, something needs to change.”
He says more resources from the province needs to be added, but more education as well.
“The population is growing rapidly, we have a lot of visitors to Vancouver, and that’s why I believe we’re seeing the increase in call volume for search and rescue on the North Shore and throughout the Lower Mainland.”
Danks is challenging Premier Christy Clark to meet with him to discuss what can be done to help North Shore Rescue with the flood of calls.