Chilliwack Search and Rescue en route by helicopter to help an injured hiker on Sumas Mountain. (Chilliwack SAR photo)

Chilliwack Search and Rescue needs a few new members

An info sesssion at City Hall is set for Jan. 27 to recruit new members-in-training

Chilliwack Search and Rescue is ready to recruit a handful of new members.

“We are looking to add five to seven members-in-training to the team,” said CSAR resource member Brennan Kish.

A recruitment event is set for Jan. 27 at city hall.

Chilliwack Search and Rescue is one of the busiest and highly trained search and rescue teams in B.C., and last year, the high call volume kept members hopping.

“It has been a very busy year, with no signs of slowing down in 2018,” said Kish.

There are 51 members right now, with four resource members.

“Since joining the team last year as a resource member, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand how cohesive and dedicated our members are,” Kish told The Progress. “This diverse group of highly trained, professional volunteers is incredible to be a part of.”

They have the ability to take on mountain rescues, ground searches and bush-whacking in the back country. They execute swift-water rescues, and respond to calls for help in finding missing hikers, youths, or seniors.

They are trained to launch jetboat and helicopter operations, as well as avalanche and Class D fixed-line rope rescues.

“We’re looking for people who live and work in Chilliwack, are physically fit with a passion for the outdoors, and able to drop everything and go if paged to a call out,” said Kish.

“It takes a solid commitment from each volunteer member of more than 350 hours per year.”

Availability on Wednesday nights for training is mandatory for MITs.

The multi-disciplinary SAR team was called out 73 times to complete tasks in 2017. Up until about 2004, the annual average was more like 45 to 60 tasks per year, but it’s been as high as 86 in recent years.

The local team also earned an international incident award in 2017 from the Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards for a successful swift water rescue in Chehalis River Canyon the year before.

SEE MORE: CSAR wins award

CSAR covers a wide-range of high-use recreation and back country areas, including the Chilliwack-Vedder and Fraser River systems.

SEE MORE: CSAR 2016 recruitment

A CSAR recruiting event is slated for Saturday, January 27 at City Hall (8550 Young Road) for anyone interested in becoming a MIT in 2018, with a presentation followed by a short Q&A period. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., with the presentation at 11 a.m. to noon.

“Immediately after the presentation, an application (form) will be made available online, until February 4,” said Kish.

See more at www.chilliwacksar.org


@CHWKjourno
jfeinberg@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Car overturned on Chilliwack River Road had Chilliwack Search and Rescue members called to assist RCMP and B.C. Ambulance. (Chilliwack SAR photo)

Just Posted

Retro meets modern design with idea for iconic Paramount sign

Proposed Paramount Project plans for downtown Chilliwack unveiled Monday

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Flight Fest to take off in Chilliwack once again

After a year-long break, Flight Fest is returning to the Chilliwack airport

Column: Golf about to modernize rule book

A series of changes taking effect in the new year aim to make the game friendlier for all ages.

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

B.C. not prepared for a Humboldt Broncos bus crash, group says

An air ambulance advocacy group wants an overhaul of B.C.’s emergency medical system in rural regions

Liberals look at creating federal holiday to mark legacy of residential schools

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said day to recognize painful legacy would boost understanding

Mounties deployed to help B.C. communities affected by wildfires

RCMP officers heading to places particularly within central, northern and southern B.C.

Interim GoFundMe payments approved in Humboldt Broncos crash

$50,000 to be given to each of the 13 survivors and each family of the 16 people who died

B.C. gangster charged after man allegedly beaten with a golf club

Langley man facing aggravated assault charge after incident allegedly involved golf club and machete

Are you Canada’s next Masterchef?

Home cooks looking to follow their cuisine dreams can apply now.

Regional climate adaptation agriculture testing to expand in B.C.

Ottawa funds farm projects to conserve water, remove invasive species

VIDEO: B.C. RCMP officers excel in Amazing Race Canada Heroes Edition

Courtney and Taylor Callens have become the team to beat

Most Read