Posted: September 11, 2021
BCSARA insists on no fees for rescues
British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) would like to remind everyone that at no time is a person lost or injured in the outdoors in British Columbia charged for the cost of search or rescue when calling 911 and with that in mind BCSARA has posted several videos to explain our position.
“We produced these videos to clarify with the public that they should never hesitate to call 911 for assistance,” said Chris Kelly, President of BCSARA.
Over the years, stories appear regularly that speculate whether or not those who get lost should pay the cost of searching to find them or that you should purchase insurance to cover the cost. This has never been the case in British Columbia, but the rumors continue.
“Our biggest concern,” Kelly continued, “will a reluctance to call for help because of this misunderstanding will result in significant injury to the subject or worse.”
BCSARA would like to remind the public that there are over 3,000 volunteers (2,500 highly trained members as well as over 500 training and resource members) in 79 ground search and rescue groups across the province and that these volunteers are ready to intervene 24 hours a day throughout the year.
BCSARA encourages everyone to get informed before going out! BC AdventureSmart offers a host of outdoor educational resources, recreational resources and lifesaving tools, such as the AdventureSmart Trip Plan app. “Know before you go” and follow the three T’s: Plan your trip, train, and get the basics.
Watch the full presentation video