Prince George SAR is pleased to announce…

2019-12-04T11:08:37-08:00Categories: News|Tags: , |

Prince George SAR is pleased to announce…

…the start of our availability to provide Helicopter Long Line Rescue.

02 June 2017

Prince George Search and Rescue (PGSAR) supports Police, Fire and Ambulance look for those missing and rescue those who are stranded or injured. PGSAR has a number of specialty teams to support emergency services such as Swiftwater, Avalanche, Rope and Tracking. Helicopter Long Line Rescue was a need identified in the northern part of the province. The closest provincial resource is in the Okanagan. PGSAR has been working on this program since May, 2015. It will complement the other specialty rescue teams PGSAR offers in the region.

Helicopter Long Line Rescue, is a well-recognized rescue technique practiced throughout BC, and the world. The team members are trained to be harnessed to a rope, attached to a helicopter. It is capable of transporting or “slinging” a rescuer and a subject into and out of the steep, heavily forested mountainous terrain that we have surrounding Prince George.

“It’s very gratifying and proud accomplishment for PGSAR to be in a position to have a Helicopter long line rescue system as an another valuable rescue tool.” said Jeff Smedley, PGSAR Search Manager “The commitment of our volunteer members, hours of hard work and training has definitely paid off for the team. Fundraising, training and meeting provincial guidelines has taken a lot of work. This newly minted team is made up of 10 members who will continue to train to meet the standards set out by Transport Canada, Emergency Management BC and the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association. The group has been training since November 2016, with the funding of the $90,000 from the Province of BC.”

PGSAR has trained 10 members, purchased the equipment, formed a partnership with Yellowhead Helicopters and became operational as of June 1st, 2017. The Helicopter Long Line Rescue members will offer rescue services during any time of the year.

This tool will be available to support SAR operations in Northern BC. This is the first long line rescue team based in North Central British Columbia allowing rapid access and evacuation of injured subjects, and quick responses to a rescuer who may need assistance. This program will increase the safety of the team, and the people we rescue.

Prince George Search and Rescue joins 12 other SAR groups in BC capable of this type of rescue.

Read “My Nechako Valley Now” news article here.

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YHL moves to Spidertracks Flight Following System

2019-12-04T11:12:10-08:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

YHL moves to Spidertracks Flight Following System

16 March 2017

British Columbia based helicopter operator, Yellowhead Helicopters, has completed their fleet transition to Spidertracks aircraft management devices.

Yellowhead’s Director of Operations Sean Rickards says after a detailed review of our fleet tracking requirements it was a logical decision to go with the Spidertracks flight following system.

“Spidertracks meets our expectations and commitment to system safety in all areas of our day to day operations. Knowing that if our people had a problem, we could know about it right away no matter where they are is basic safety management.

We are very pleased with the support provided by Spidertracks during this transition along with the ease of install, ease of use and savings realized.

Spidertracks’ CEO, Dave Blackwell says Yellowhead’s feedback is encouraging and indicative of the market’s growing appetite for smarter aircraft management in Canada.

“We’re excited to be able to provide Yellowhead, and a number of similar operators across Canada, the peace of mind and productivity gains that the Spidertracks system delivers. It is highly competitive industry they are operating in where every cent must count.”

“Now 10 years old, Spidertracks is fast evolving with the technologies available and with the requirements of the industry, but the fundamental driver of our success remains – a delightfully simple product philosophy and an outstanding team of people that take it to the world with their hearts and souls.”

For more information, contact Todd O’Hara on +64 21 1864111 or todd.ohara@spidertracks.com

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Spidertracks Company Description:

Spidertracks are a New Zealand-based aircraft software company who provide smart and simple solutions that enable aircraft operators to make better decisions with their assets. Spidertracks provide situational awareness and business insight through their suite of business tools which include real-time aircraft tracking, global two-way messaging, an emergency management framework, and aircraft and pilot scheduling.

Yellowhead Company Description:

Established in 1975, Yellowhead Helicopters is a well-respected, privately-held Canadian company that provides commercial helicopter solutions to the public, industry and government. From bases strategically located throughout British Columbia and Alberta they actively support industries including forestry, mining, petroleum, utility and tourism.

Through well-planned growth, Yellowhead continues to renew and update its services and equipment to keep pace with the ever-changing demands of these important Canadian industries.

YHL acquires VIH Prince George base

2019-12-04T11:16:59-08:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

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YHL acquires VIH Prince George base

From: www.TheRockyMountainGoat.com 

Exerpt from article March 7, 2013

“Yellowhead Helicopters (YHL) is on an expansion move that will more than double its employee base.

The Valemount-based company has been acquiring new assets for close to a year and recently signed the papers with Vancouver Island Helicopters (VIH) to acquire VIH’s Prince George base, contracts, and half a dozen of their aircraft. Earlier this year, they acquired a base in Fort St. John to add to the company’s dozen bases across BC and Alberta.

Once the expansion is completed, YHL will have more than doubled their employee base – from 50 to at least 100. About two dozen employees currently live in Valemount.

The new helicopters and bases will allow them to do more oil and gas and mining contracts, says Yellowhead founder and president, Garry Forman. Prince George will become a bigger hub for the company, but local residents shouldn’t worry about the local hangar disappearing, he says.”

Read more of the article here

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