Nairn Coralie

2021 04 27 | Host: Calvin Reich | Coralie Nairn - Search & Rescue in the North Okanagan

Coralie Nairn, from Vernon Search & Rescue, was hosted by Calvin Reich.

Coralie has 32 years of experience in search & rescue, with extensive qualifications in management & instruction. SAR functions fall under the jurisdiction of Emergency Management BC.

There are 79 BC SAR teams, with 2,500 unpaid volunteers, responding 24/365 to an average of 1,700 incidents annually. All adhere to a strict code of conduct, receive regular training, & are reimbursed only for out-of-pocket expenses, such as gas & meals. Call-outs come from a variety of agencies with which they work regularly – most frequently the RCMP.

Vernon SAR has been operating since 1960, & currently has 59 volunteers, with an enviably low attrition rate. The average call is about five hours, & 95% of subjects are found within 24 hours.

SAR specialty teams include avalanche / snowmobile, bike / e-bike, tracking, helicopter winch rescue, swift-water / jet boat, ice, technical / rope, incident command, mutual aid, education & funding.

Vernon SAR is particularly known for its snowmobile prowess, & for initiating BC’s first helicopter winch rescue team. The recent addition of e-bikes has significantly helped with response times.

Vernon SAR have outgrown their current facility on Hwy 6, & are on the cusp of finalizing a new location, where they hope to open in 2022.