If you find yourself lost in the woods this year it may just be a drone that comes to the rescue.
Search and Rescue teams in Coquitlam, and Kamloops have kicked off a one-year pilot project using the tools that could set a new province-wide policy.
It was 2015 that Coquitlam Search and Rescue wrote to the province asking for the okay to use remote aircraft.
Emergency Management BC Search and Rescue specialist Andrew Morrison says drones offer plenty of upsides to SAR teams.
Province says drones ability to fly at night, get into rough terrain, cliffs, waterfalls could speed up searches, save lives.
— Simon Little (@simonplittle) December 9, 2016
“One of the advantages is that these UAVs can be used to search hazardous areas, over cliffs, down waterfalls, and sometimes they have the ability to operate at night using infrared technology, which will help speed up a search.”
The project will run until next November – with the province assessing the effectiveness of the tools – along with how well teams follow transport Canada and safety guidelines.
Minister Responsible Naomi Yamamoto says the ability to get into rough terrain could pay dividends.