North Shore Rescue is celebrating the donation of a small new tool that could make a big difference to anyone lost in the back country.
It’s called a “FLIR” device, and it works like an infra-red camera to spot body heat from the air.
NSR Team Leader Mike Danks says adding it to the mix will make finding people in rough terrain a lot easier.
“We’re using just the naked eye with spotters in the aircraft. But if we’re in heavily treed terrain, this FLIR device will be able to spot the heat signature, and hopefully save some lives.”
Danks says the team could never afford a half-million tool device like this on its own — and is thrilled Port Metro Vancouver offered it to them.
It’s a helicopter-mounted infra-red camera, and Danks says it’s great in evening or overnight searches,
“A majority of our calls come in just before dusk. And us trying to spot them from the air is very difficult. So it really could make the difference between life and death for some people, depending on the circumstance they are in.”
He says they hope to have it in the air by early next year.