Terrace SAR training @ Yellowhead YXT

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Terrace SAR training @ Yellowhead YXT

May 8, 2019 Yellowhead Helicopters Terrace Base

Base manager Jeff Patmore spent a few hours with Terrace Search and Rescue members training for class D external load procedures. The video below was created by Black Press Newspaper.

 

“We want to make sure we’re ready for all the different projects… we’re seeing more workers working in the field, it’s only a matter of time that they are going to be rescued and we’re doing everything we can to make sure we prepare for that.”​

Dave Jephson

Terrace Search & Rescue

You can read the full article interview with Jeff and SAR VP Dave Jephson in the May 16 edition of the Terrace Standard; a digital version is located here.

Emergency Services

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Emergency Services

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Yellowhead Helicopters is equipped to provide emergency helicopter services from our network of bases throughout BC, as well as in remote locations across the country. We have been assisting government and private organizations battle forest fires, perform search and rescue operations and maintain wilderness security with experienced crews and well-equipped aircraft for over 40 years. A select crew of pilots is Parks Canada HETS (Human External Transport Services) qualified and we maintain Class-D Rescue services for Jasper National Park.

Our crews have extensive local knowledge in all of our service areas, and we work closely with organizations such as the BC Ambulance Service, the Provincial Emergency Program, local and national fire suppression teams and local SAR units in order to provide safe and efficient helicopter services during times of distress.

Part of our job at Yellowhead Helicopters is to help protect the public when the need arises and we take that responsibility very seriously. We make sure that our crews are provided with all the training and knowledge that they may need to help in an emergency. Our aircraft and equipment are maintained in pristine condition and our organizational structure is set up to provide front line, first response service.   When you are in need, contact us for assistance with:

  • Class-D/HETS Mountain Rescue
  • Medical Evacuation
  • Avalanche bombing
  • Forest Fire Suppression
  • Search and Rescue
  • Natural Disaster Relief

Prince George SAR is pleased to announce…

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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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