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MSAR Completes Successful Recruiting Campaign

MSAR Completes Successful Recruiting Campaign

September 10, 2017

Mission Search & Rescue had another successful recruiting campaign this year.  Recruiting started in July and ended August 31, with a higher than average number of inquiries.  After completing interviews, we took the potential recruits on a hike up Bear Mountain, had them work together on a stretcher carry and also complete a team building activity to build our portable repeater.  It was a great day for everyone who participated and our next GSAR class was selected from this group.  They will start the GSAR course in the next couple of weeks and the successful ones should graduate in March 2018.

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Potential recruits performing a stretcher carry on Bear Mountain

Gold Panner Rescued from Area North of Stave Lake

On Saturday, September 2 at 4:30 pm, Mission Search & Rescue was contacted to assist in rescuing an injured gold panner, north of Stave Lake, in very rugged terrain.  The subject had fallen, was injured, and went three days without enough food and water.  With the assistance of Valley Helicopters, he was safely rescued and treated by BC Ambulance Services. 

PARAGLIDER RESCUED FROM CASCADE FALLS AREA

August 23, 2017

At approximately 8:00 pm Tuesday night, Mission Search & Rescue was contacted by the RCMP to search for a downed paraglider in the dense mountain area behind Cascade Falls.  The experienced paraglider jumped from Mt. St. Benedict and ran into trouble shortly after, landing in a tree in the mountainous area behind the Falls.  It took over 4 hours of almost vertical hiking for the rope team to reach the young man, making the Grouse Grind look like a walk in the park.  An arborist from the Ridge Meadows SAR team accompanied MSAR to scale the tree and assisted in setting up a rope system to lower the uninjured pilot down. 

Due to the treacherous terrain, the team was unable to hike back down the mountain, and the decision was made to use a helicopter in the morning to get the team and uninjured subject out of the area.  The team members and subject were long-lined out by a helicopter, after a chilly night, high on the mountain.  The pilot was very fortunate considering he was in the tree for six hours and was able to go home in the morning.  Thanks to Chilliwack SAR’s HETS team for the lift out, which includes two Mission SAR members.

Just a reminder that if you are outdoors at this time of year, it is getting cooler at night.  Be prepared with proper clothing, food and water in case you are forced to spend the night.

You too can be part of something amazing like this rescue.  Mission Search & Rescue is currently recruiting new volunteers.  The deadline for applications is August 31, 2017.  Check out our volunteer page or send an email to info@missionsar.com requesting details.  

Thanks also to CFVSAR for standing by and to Talon Helicopters for the ride out in the morning.

 

Command Centre on scene

Helicopter Extraction in the morning

Long line (HETS) off of the mountain (photo courtesy of Ridge Meadows SAR)

   

 

MISSION SAR WARNS: USE A TRIP PLAN

August 2, 2017

Please use a Trip Plan!!! Mission Search & Rescue was activated by the RCMP just after midnight to locate two missing hikers who were due back Tuesday afternoon. The team was stood down after it was discovered the young women had decided to camp overnight, without telling anyone. A Trip Plan would have avoided worried parents contacting the RCMP and sending out search and rescue.

 

 

MSAR PRACTICES ON STAVE LAKE

July 30, 2017

Mock Scenario: Two missing subjects last seen on Stave Lake.

Objective: To exercise search techniques through the deployment of Mission SAR’s Swift Water Technicians, Boat Operators and Boat Crew Members while utilizing leadership and communication skills.

Mission SAR recently recreated a mock scenario based on previous calls the team has had to the Stave Lake area. For this practice, MSAR was tasked with, and successful in locating, the missing subjects.

We strive to create opportunities that continually keep our team member’s skills and minds sharp.

MSAR ASSISTS BCAS & MISSION FIRE RESCUE

July 28, 2017

Mission SAR was activated Friday afternoon for a stretcher carry of a hiker who injured an ankle at Steelhead Falls, off the Hayward Lake Reservoir TRail.  With Mission Fire Rescue and BC Ambulance Services, we were able to get the subject out safely and transported to medical aid.

 

MISSION SAR & CFV SAR JOINT PRACTICE

Tuesday, July 25

Mission Search & Rescue and Central Fraser Valley SAR held a joint practice at Lost Creek, near Mission.  The teams practice rope and swiftwater skills together.  Search and rescue teams in BC practice often to ensure their skills are sharp when tasked for an emergency.  Many of the calls in BC do result in mutual-aid, meaning teams are often called upon to help their SAR neighbours.  Sometimes this is because the task is very large, or it could be due to availability of resources.  It’s very beneficial for the teams to practice together, sharing knowledge, and building teamwork.  Thanks to @CFVSAR for asking us to participate.

 

MISSION SEARCH & RESCUE IS NOW RECRUITING!

Mission Search & Rescue is looking for new recruits.   If you are interested in joining the team, please click on the ‘Volunteer for MSAR’ button and read the criteria for applicants.  We will email an application to those who are interested in becoming part of our team and then interview selected individuals.  Those candidates that pass the interview stage will then be invited to complete a fitness test, which will most likely be a hike in one of the local mountains.

Our basic level ground search and rescue course (GSAR) is expected to start in early October and will take place every Tuesday evening (19:00-21:00) for approximately 5 to 6 months.  Members in Training (MITs) will also be required to attend regular team practices while taking this course (four practices per month).  Anyone interested can send us an email at info@missionsar.com or complete the questionnaire on the Volunteer page.

Recruiting will close on August 31, 2017.

Team Practice at the MSAR Base

 

Mission SAR Graduates 4 New Members

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Mission Search and Rescue recently hosted a Graduation for four new members. The event was attended by proud family and friends. The Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) course which is administered by the Justice Institute of BC is 6 months in duration and involves creating competencies in skills such as search techniques, first aid, and navigation. This is the first level for any Mission SAR member and consists of both written and practical examinations.

MSAR congratulates these four members on their dedication and commitment to the team and to the District of Mission. All members are 100% volunteer and on call 24/7.

Recognition was also handed out to members who completed certifications in Rope Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Ground Search Team Leader, and Adventure Smart Instructors.

Also in attendance to congratulate our new members was Inspector Annette Fellner of the Mission RCMP Detachment and Sandy Miller, Regional Manager of Emergency Management BC (EMBC).

Recruiting for our next class will start in August.

 

Mission SAR Advises Caution on Local Waterways

2017 started out as a slow year for Mission Search & Rescue.  Not sure if it was the weather or the public is becoming better prepared, but we didn’t get our first call out until the Spring.  Most of our calls this year have been to assist other teams, which is another important way the Mission team provides support to other local communities. 

With the warmer weather however, the snow melt increased substantially and there has now been an increase in calls, mostly related to the Fraser River and the local lakes.   As the water levels rise, so does the danger on our lakes and rivers.  The waters are much faster moving and there is more risk to boaters. 

Mission Search & Rescue would like to take the opportunity to advise the public to check local weather conditions and river/lake water levels before heading out on a boat.  Ensure you have all the necessary safety items on board, including life jackets, flares and warm clothes or blankets.  Also, let someone know where you will be and have a cell phone and radio communications on board.

Mission SAR recently responded to a stranded boat on Stave Lake.  A family of four, including two young children were stranded on the lake after dark.  The team was able to locate them and bring them back to the boat launch safely.