Rob Irving thanks Don Blakely & Jeremy Griffiths of Vernon Search & Rescue.  They last spoke to us in Jan 2012.  As one of 80 BC SAR units, they’re the 8th busiest, & one of the most capable.  In 2015, they executed 58 rescues, including 13 with a helicopter.  In 2012, we donated $5,000 for training of their helicopter winch rescue volunteers.  They now have highly trained in-flight & ground crews, combined with an exceptionally well-equipped aircraft, performing a wide range of rescue operations.  West Kelowna’s Wildcat Helicopters, in partnership with Emergency Management BC, maintains a dedicated winch-equipped Bell 412, with a break-apart stretcher, advanced secure radios, & a special heating system for hypothermia victims.  Patients are now able to be transported directly to hospital.  Vernon has the first volunteer BC SAR unit using a winch-equipped helicopter, which greatly expands the chances of survival for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, motorists & other accident victims in remote locations throughout southern BC.