Did you know....SEARCH AND RESCUE IN BC IS NO CHARGE!!!
At the risk of starting another raging debate about not charging for search and rescue services, one of our recent searches was a prime example of why charging can have the exact opposite effect of what proponents might anticipate.
In that situation, the family chose not to call 911 for fear of having to pay for the service. Instead, they called their friends and neighbours, who spend valuable time attempting their own haphazard search.
Those hours allowed that subject to go much further than they otherwise could have, which then exponentially increased the search area for us (think of it this way...if average walking speed is around 5km/hr and our subject had a 1hr head start, we had only 78 sq km to cover...with a 3 hr head start, we now have 706 sq km to cover)!!
Now you may say "oh well...serves them right"...but remember that search and rescue members are 100% volunteers and now we need many more volunteers for a much longer period each to have any reasonable hope of finding our missing person. Even if you don't feel sorry for our missing subject, we hope you at least recognize the additional strain that puts on our volunteers (oh...I almost forgot to mention...our subject in this case was a dementia walk-away, who I would think most could agree didn't ask to be lost).
So call 911 early...we'd rather be called out and stood down, than spend hours (and potentially days) looking for a missing person.
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THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE IN BC