As the year winds down, North Shore Rescue says 2015 was the busiest year they’ve had in their 50 year history.
“We’re at about 137 calls for assistance, and a normal year for us is about 90 calls.”
Doug Pope of North Shore Rescue says the increase could be due to a number of factors.
“There’s just generally more people getting out to the wild areas of the North Shore here at all times of the year.”
As always, he reminds people going into the back-country to be prepared and use safe routes.
He says volunteers have been stretched thin this year.
“It has been a big drain on our team overall. 137 calls. If you think about that, it’s almost three a week.”
He says the team has banded together to deal with the challenges, but it can be tough.
“There are people who get burnt out and have to step away from the team for a period of time.”
The majority of North Shore volunteers have day jobs and in addition to responding to distress calls, undergo an intense training program.