CBC Doc Zone Jan 16 - state of Canada's SAR

Author: [ trailpeak ]   Contact Author: trailpeakTue Jan 07 19:43:20 UTC 2014

Trailpeak was forwarded this announcment regarding an upcoming CBC documentary on the state of Canada's Search and Rescue system. With ever more getting out into the wilderness, it's been no secret that SAR is stretched thin and we've reported on SAR issues before.

Certainly, at trailpeak where we provide GPS data for trails, and as people use devices such as the SPOT messenger (satellite beacon), it's tempting for many to head into the wilderness in the belief that they if things get too rough, they've got a rescue button. And while these devices on the whole do increase safety, users most plan their trips and use such devices responsibly. Trailpeak has done it's part by providing GPS / compass instruction in the past to hundreds of users, and, continues to advocate for safe access of the back-country.

So here's the pre-amble we received about this documentary, which comes complete with links to join in on the discussion after the airing on Jan 16.

TO THE RESCUE - A documentary about Canada's patchwork search and rescue system. Why it is sending out its own SOS call?

Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9 pm (9:30 pm NT) CBC Television’s Doc Zone

As more urban adventurers seek recreational thrills than ever before, search and rescue teams are pushed to the limit trying to save them. GPS technology – and the assumption that help is just a cell phone call away – have changed the way we play, but the rescue system is chronically underfunded and struggling to keep up with the new demand.

TO THE RESCUE follows dramatic searches as they unfold, and finds a network patched together with volunteers who risk their own lives to save others.

Watch the trailer:


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