Port Vancouver has donated a 250 thousand dollar infrared camera to North Shore Rescue.
Search Manager Doug Pope says the camera will be especially useful in areas with lots of trees.
“So it will show the terrain in dark, and somebody, a warm-blooded person will show up white in the camera.”
Pope says it will be valuable in locating lost hikers in real time.
“If we got an injured person under the tree canopy and we’re searching from the air, it’s very difficult to see them especially if they can’t move out into the open. So this camera can see that heat signature from the person.”
He adds that staff have been training to use the specialized camera.
“It’s not an easy piece of equipment to use, it’s very specialized and we’ll have members who will be trained, and it’s almost ready to go now and we hope to be using it.”
This year, NSR responded to 138 calls, a new record.
Pope says on average, they get about 90 calls a year.