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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from MSAR

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from MSAR

Mission Search & Rescue would like to wish everyone in Mission and the surrounding area a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  It has been another busy year in and around Mission for the team.   Other search & rescue teams in the province also experienced higher than average call volumes.

As you are heading out this holiday season to enjoy the outdoors, please ensure you are prepared.  Many of the calls that teams had this year were related to unprepared hikers, fishermen, skiers, etc.   Here are some things you can do:

  1. Plan your trip using the tools found here:   https://www.adventuresmart.ca/trip_safety/planning.htm
  2. Survival Guide – what to take with you:   http://missionsar.com/education/survival-guide/
  3. Check the local weather:   http://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/

Most of all, have a safe and happy holiday season.

Cheers from Mission Search & Rescue

MSAR Assists at MVA on Norrish Creek FSR

Mission Search & Rescue was called out to assist the North Fraser Fire Department when a vehicle went off the road on Norrish Creek Forest Service Rd Thursday evening. Team members brought the male driver up approximately 30 metres from the wreckage on a stretcher and delivered him to an awaiting ambulance. The stretcher was carried out of the steep, rocky ravine using a caterpillar technique and a rope belay.

MSAR has been called to this part of the road (5km marker) on numerous occasions in the last few years for vehicle and ATV accidents.  The sharp corner and steep embankment make this section of road very dangerous.

The condition of the driver is not known at this time.

A film crew for the local TV production of Highway Thru Hell was also on scene following Mission Towing on its calls. Look for this incident to be featured on one of its shows next season.

 

Truck over embankment

A Busy Few Days for Mission Search & Rescue

Mission, B.C. – September 28, 2015

It’s been a busy few days for Mission Search & Rescue. On Friday, Sept 25th, MSAR was asked to assist Ridge Meadows Search & Rescue find a missing hiker at the back of Pitt Lake. The hiker was located and brought out by helicopter that day. Saturday evening the team was called out to investigate a flare sighting on the Fraser River near Hatzic. The team was unable to find anyone in distress. And then Sunday evening, the team assisted the Mission RCMP in locating a missing hunter in the Steelhead area.

The young man, experienced in the area, lost sight of the trail and after contacting a family member by cell phone, did the right thing and stayed put. This is very important point to make and is also taught to kids in Adventure Smart’s Hug-A-Tree program. Staying in one place does make it easier for searchers to find you.

This search had a happy outcome and the young man was located and brought out in the early hours of September 28th with no injuries, albeit a little embarrassed.

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Mission Search & Rescue (MSAR) is a registered non-profit organization in the province of British Columbia. Its primary function is that of a community resource to assist the RCMP, the BC Ambulance Service and the BC Coroners Service in a variety of search and rescue functions. All members are 100 per cent volunteer and are on call 24/7.

MSAR does lead the Adventure Smart Hug-A-Tree program for youth groups between 5 – 12 years of age.  If your group is interested in having us conduct a session, please email us at info@missionsar.com.

 

MSAR Recruitment Info Session a Success!

Mission Search & Rescue would like to thank everyone who came out to our Information Session on September 10 and completed the fitness hike on September 13.   We are currently reviewing applications and interviewing prospective members.  Our new class will start on October 6 and we look forward to what we expect to be a great new group.

Our recruiting drive is over for this year.  If you are still interested in joining, you can send us an email and we will keep you information on file until next summer when the process starts again.

MSAR Recruitment Information Session – Sept 10!

Mission Search & Rescue is looking for some new recruits.

We will be holding an information session at our base on Thursday, September 10, 2015 for those interested in joining the team and on Sunday, September 13, will take potential recruits on an introductory hike to assess your fitness level.  We will then conduct interviews between Sept 14 and Sept 25, making final decisions the week of September 28.

Our basic level ground search and rescue course (GSAR) will start October 6, for selected candidates.  It is only run once per year.   Check out this website for more information and try the Quiz on the Volunteer page.  If you send an e-mail to info@missionsar.com we can provide further information and an application.

Please note, the minimum age requirement for team members is 19.  The course is approximately 6 months, with classes every Tuesday evening.  The information session provides the opportunity to find out what is involved in being a SAR volunteer, what kind of commitment is required and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Mission Search & Rescue (MSAR) is a registered non-profit organization in the province of British Columbia.  Its primary function is that of a community resource to assist the RCMP, the BC Ambulance Service and the BC Coroners Service in a variety of search and rescue functions.  All members are 100 per cent volunteer and are on call 24/7.

MSAR Assists BC Ambulance at McDonald Falls

Mission, B.C. – August 12, 2015

Mission Search and Rescue assisted BC Ambulance Service with the rescue and transport of an injured male who fell approximately 30 metres at McDonald Falls, off Sylvester Road, just east of Mission. This is the fifth time that MSAR has had to rescue someone from this location over the last few years. The team was fortunate to have recently practiced this exact scenario so it was a well-executed rescue. It still took 45 minutes to remove him from the area and get him to the ambulance using our 8-wheeled Argo. The ambulance then took him to an awaiting medivac helicopter for transport to hospital.

The extent of his injuries is unknown, but he was in good spirits considering the ordeal.

McDonald Falls

MSAR called out for MVA on Norrish Creek RD

On Saturday, August 1, Mission Search & Rescue was called out at 18:40 to assist BC Ambulance, North Fraser Fire Department and the RCMP when a truck carrying 4 occupants went over an embankment on the Norrish Creek Forest Service Rd.  Two of the occupants were able to walk away from the accident while Fire Rescue carried one out on a stretcher.  The fourth was pulled out by Mission SAR.   No serious injuries were reported, which is amazing as the truck went down approx. 100 feet.

Mission Search & Rescue is now recruiting

Mission Search & Rescue is looking for some new recruits.   We will have a booth set up at MissionFest – August 15 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Come down and talk to some of our members to find out if Search & Rescue is right for you.

We will be holding an information session at our base on Thursday, September 10, 2015 for those interested and on Sunday, September 13, will take potential recruits on an introductory hike.  We will then conduct interviews the following two weeks.

Our basic level ground search and rescue course (GSAR) will start October 6, for selected candidates.  Check out our website for more information and try the Quiz on the Volunteer page.  Applications will be available at MissionFest, or you can send us an e-mail to info@missionsar.com for more information.

MSAR Joins Pulling Together Canoe Journey

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Mission Search & Rescue participated in the Pulling Together Canoe Journey today.  The canoe journey from Harrison Lake to Semiamhoo takes 10 days.  MSAR joined the group at Barrowtown and accompanied the canoes to the bottom of Crescent Island on the Fraser River.  The mission statement for the group is:

“Recognizing the past by Pulling Together to enhance understanding between Public Service Agencies and Aboriginal Peoples by Canoeing the traditional highway, strengthening our future relations”.

The canoe journey included the Kent Harrison SAR team, representatives from the Canadian Navy, the RCMP and the DFO.  It was a fantastic day, although very hot.  The group stopped for lunch along the Fraser River at Matsqui and some enjoyed a dip in the River to cool off.  For more information about the journey please check out www.pullingtogether.ca.

Paddling with the Vedder in the background

Paddling with the Vedder in the background

 

Canoeists cooling off at Matsqui

Canoeists cooling off at Matsqui

Mission Search & Rescue (MSAR) is a registered non-profit organization in the province of British Columbia.  Its primary function is that of a community resource to assist the RCMP, the BC Ambulance Service and the BC Coroners Service in a variety of search and rescue functions.  All members are 100 per cent volunteer and are on call 24/7.  Recruiting is starting, so if you are interested in joining the team, please check out our Volunteer page.

 

MSAR Assists BCAS with rescue of ATV rider

Mission, B.C. – May 31, 2015

Mission Search and Rescue assisted BC Ambulance Service with the transport of an injured ATV rider Sunday afternoon off of Norrish Creek Forest Service Road. The rider suffered injuries after rolling his ATV on a washed out deactivated side road. The MSAR team had to carry the stretcher from the accident scene, over some difficult terrain in order to get to its off-road ‘Gator’.

From there, the ‘Gator’ was used to move the subject to an awaiting helicopter, which took the injured rider to a nearby hospital for treatment of various injuries, including possible broken bones.

Special thanks to Chillwack SAR for having their HETS team on standby.  We were fortunate the helicopter was able to land on the road.

 

Stretcher May 2015 v1               Helicopter May 2015 v1