Cranbrook Search and Rescue groups got essential emergency training from military exercises in the East Kootenay.
Civil Air Search and Rescue’s Allister Pedersen says teams from two different air squadrons came to the East Kootenay the last two weeks to train with air and ground SAR.
“For the local group and for the military, its essential that we work together,” Pedersen says. “We’re a volunteer organization both for the ground search and rescue and air search and rescue. The more training we get, the better we are able to respond to incidents locally.”
One mission had teams support a Hercules aircraft locating a simulated plane crash in mountainous terrain.
Pedersen says local volunteers can strengthen their skills through these events.
“Its a question of being ready for not if, but when an incident occurs and we want to respond as quickly as we can to any aircraft or other incidents on the ground,” Pedersen says.
Crews from Vancouver Island, Edmonton or Winnipeg come to the region for missions a few times each year.
(Photos courtesy of Allister Pedersen)
– Training Officer Allister Pedersen, Cranbrook Civil Air Search and Rescue Association