Daniel Koster

Houston Search and Rescue training in Terrace

On Jan. 28 in Terrace, Houston Search and Rescue (SAR) attended a one day training course in ice rescue put on by DiveInternational.

On Jan. 28 in Terrace, Houston Search and Rescue (SAR) attended a one day training course in ice rescue put on by DiveInternational.

The course was nine hours long. Four members from Houston SAR attended, five from Terrace SAR , and two from the Bulkley Valley SAR.

The B.C. Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) promotes training and workshops for all 80 SAR teams in B.C.

“North of 100 Mile House there are 24 SAR teams. Each are funded locally through gaming grants,” said Trent Blair, RegionalDirector for B.C. Search and Rescue.

“[This course] is important for us as flat ice rescues are a possibility in our area. It’s not for moving waterways, just lakes and ponds,” commented Jocelyn Bell, a member and director of Houston SAR.

“There is a classroom and field component to the course,” said Andy Muma, president of Houston SARA. “The classroom focuses on the science of ice, ice strength, and how to best approach an emergency situation.”

In the field component, all of that theory is then put into actual application. Rescuers learned how to tie a secure rope, the different techniques of approaching, with an emphasis of not endangering the victim any further, how to get a rope around the victim quickly and out of the water to then treat for shock and hypothermia.

When asked what some of the fundamentals of the course were, Muma replied, “Safety for the rescuer comes first, and the person you are rescuing comes second, so no one else gets hurts.”

Training is about effectively performing rescues with minimized risk to all.

“Houston SAR has five people trained in swift water rescue. A lot of that gear is fairly expense, so ice rescue is something additional we are all trained to where that gear can also be utilized,” said Muma.

In the story “Vanderhoof and District’s Co-op donates $5,000 to Houston Search and Rescue” published in the Houston TodayJan. 4, 2016 issue, Houston SAR was one of 11 recipients from the initiative that received $5000 out of the $100,000 that was being distributed to financially support the purchase of a swift water boat.

Muma said that Houston SAR is still fundraising and applying for grants for life jacket and additional safety equipment for the swift water boat.


Just Posted

CN train derails near New Hazelton

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved

Houston introduces Change program

Program offers lifestyle intervention to patients with metabolic syndrome

Nearly $500,000 available for internships with First Nations government

Funds announced through partnership with Northern Development and Government of Canada

Property sales up in Houston in 2017

Average selling price of single-family homes has also increased

Alexandra Park, undeveloped wonderland

Alexandra Park is located behind the Houston Leisure Facility at the end… Continue reading

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Most Read