North Shore Rescue is a volunteer community-based search and rescue team. Its members are from all walks of life but share a common interest in providing an important life-saving service to the public, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
The team has existed for 50 years, making it one of the oldest SAR teams in Canada. During this time the number of calls each year has gradually increased. Over the past 50 years the team has been involved in more than 2500 search and rescue operations volunteering over 200,000 hours of effort. These calls have involved over 2000 subjects, and approximately 25% of the calls have involved subject injuries or death.
On average NSR responds to about 100 calls/year. However, recently the trend has increased – in 2015 and 2016 NSR responded to about 130 calls each year. This means we are responding to almost 3 rescues/week. In the shoulder seasons we see fewer rescues, while in the summer we quite often see 3-5 rescues in one weekend.
Our latest stats are below. You will notice the upward trend until 2005, which is when the local Fire department took over calls involving mountain bikers. Our call volume dropped off a bit after we stopped responding to the majority of mountain bike calls. In recent years it has started to increase again with a dramatic increase in 2015, 2016.