On November 28, 2018, Golden and District Search and Rescue (GADSAR) was awarded $3,700 from the Golden and District Community Foundation’s (GDCF) Allen Williams Memorial Fund.
From December 6 to 9, 2018, eight members of GADSAR participated in the Canadian Avalanche Association’s (CAA) Avalanche Search and Rescue (AvSAR) course and all eight members passed the evaluation. This course was partially funded by the grant GADSAR was awarded by the GDCF.
The course is the industry standard in professional, organized avalanche rescue. AvSAR teaches advanced techniques for searching with an avalanche transceiver and probing to pinpoint the location of a subject buried by an avalanche. The course also teaches the most efficient techniques for digging to quickly locate the subject while protecting the energy of the responders so that they might complete the rescue without injury or further incident. The AvSAR course is also a prerequisite for the CAA’s Avalanche Operations Level 2 course. In British Columbia’s search and rescue organizations, a member with the CAA Level 2 certification must be present on all backcountry rescues in avalanche terrain. GADSAR is lucky enough to have 15 members with this certification, two members currently enrolled in the course, and five more members working their way towards the certification.