B.C. Cave Rescue
is the rescue and training service of organized caving
in British Columbia. It is recognized by the Provincial Emergency Program as
the lead agency in cave rescue, providing specialized personnel and equipment
for cave rescue emergencies on callout by the R.C.M.P. or the P.E.P. Emergency
Initial callout for B.C.Cave Rescue within British Columbia should be through the PEP ECC at:
- keep that telephone number inside your helmet -
- Formed in 1984 as the cave rescue resource network of organized caving
in British Columbia, the BC Speleological Federation (BCSF) and the Vancouver
Island Cave Exploration Group (VICEG), both registered provincial societies.
Administered through a Standing Committee of the Federation working in close cooperation with the Alberta Cave Rescue Organization (ACRO) to comprise the Alberta / BC Cave Rescue Service (affectionately known as ABC Cave Rescue).
- Volunteer operation financially supported by the BCSF, the Glenn Peppard/Rick
Blak Memorial Fund, the Rennie/Clark Memorial Fund of VICEG, a 2005 grant from
the Wildlands Rescue Society, training course
registration fees and various caving club and private contributions.
- Operates under a 1992 Memorandum of Understanding with the
Provincial Emergency Program (PEP), the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police ( RCMP), and the B.C. Ambulance Service, and with access
to the resources of the U.S.National Cave Rescue Commission (NCRC).
Training is to PEP or NCRC standards.
- Recognized as a Provincial Search and Rescue organization by Emergency Management BC (EMBC). Member of the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA).
- Holds a week-long Training Seminar in Cave Rescue Organization and Techniques
in July every even year (e.g. 2006-2008-2010), and regional Companion Rescue
weekend workshops annually (no formal certifications).
- Coordinators each have over 10 years of caving experience as well as technical
and cave rescue qualifications and experience.
- Capable of responding to cave rescue emergencies anywhere in Western Canada
and the Northwestern United States. The primary cave rescue equipment cache is located
near Courtenay on Vancouver Island with secondary caches at Kamloops and Prince George.
Updated 14 April 2011.