A call to all search and rescue teams across the province who may think a drone can be useful in a search.
But Mike Coyle, a manager with Coquitlam Search and Rescue says it hasn’t been used in an actual search mission since the government gave the green light in early December.
“The way SAR works in B.C. is SAR teams can assist other SAR teams through mutual aid. Really, any SAR team within reason can ask for one of our people and the drones to be sent to them on any given task.”
But he admits, he’s not sure what kind of situation a drone would be useful in.
And the more calls participating teams attend the better.
Coyle says it would allow them to collect feedback and data.
Search and Rescue teams from Coquitlam, Ridge Meadows, Surrey and Kamloops are also part of the project.
The busiest Search and Rescue team in the province has some concerns over using drones.
Curtis Jones with North Shore Rescue says there are a lot of unanswered questions.
“They are using a third party private contractor who doesn’t necessarily have employees’ trained and certified in search and rescue.”
He says people need to be familiar with mountains on the North Shore.
“Actually have to be in the field. They have to be in visual sight of the drone, which means we have to put them into avalanche terrain or onto a ridge top or into steep mountain terrain. So, we need to know that the person is capable of operating in that terrain.”
Jones says North Shore Rescue welcomes any kind of help but the team wants to be confident in someone’s skill level.