Fernie Search and Rescue

Fernie Search and Rescue is dedicated to assisting those individuals who find themselves in emergency situations in the wilderness surrounding the Fernie area. The group was formed in the 1970s and has been involved in hundreds of rescues and saved many lives.
Fernie Search and Rescue
Fernie Search and Rescue4 weeks ago
Fernie, British Columbia
Fernie SAR worked today with Elkford and Sparwood SAR to extract a badly injured hiker from steep terrain above Elkford.

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Fernie Search and Rescue
Fernie Search and Rescue3 months ago
Fernie SAR was called out today to rescue a skier buried in an avalanche on Mount Fernie at around 1300.

The slide, highly visible from town, was estimated as a Size 2.5-3, with a crown 150m wide, 60-80cm deep and with a debris pile around 4m deep.

As the responders, helicopter and avalanche rescue equipment were being assembled, the two skiers managed to self-rescue without injury.

While the outcome was a happy one, it is a stark reminder of the instability of the current snowpack as highlighted in the current AvCan forecast, which is climbing to “High” from tomorrow onwards.

We encourage everyone to play safe this weekend particularly.

Incredibly difficult risk decisions need to taken by SAR when responding to situations like this – this site was not one we could safely enter to effect a rescue. When we need to take steps to mitigate hazard, it significantly slows down our response time.

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Fernie Search and Rescue
Fernie Search and Rescue3 months ago
Fernie, British Columbia
Fernie SAR was called to a cardiac emergency in Mongolia Bowl. The skier was transported to the ski hill and transferred to BCAS.

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Fernie Search and Rescue3 months ago
Fernie, British Columbia
On International Women's Day we recognise all the amazing talented women on our team.

Photo: Fernie SAR, Cave Rescue training.

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Fernie Search and Rescue
Fernie Search and Rescue4 months ago
Fernie, British Columbia
Fernie SAR today worked with the RCMP and neighbouring SAR groups to search for two teens reported missing overnight.

A combination of air and road searches eventually revealed them to be stuck on Hartley Road, where a member of the public assisted them.

They have now been reunited with their family.

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