Volunteer SAR rope rescue in BC is governed by operational guidelines produced by the BC Provincial Emergency Program. Rope rescue team members are trained, evaluated and certified through the Justice Institute of BC. Currently the AVRS rope team consists of 11 Rope Rescue Team Members, 1 Rope Rescue Team Leader and 1 Justice Institute Rope Rescue Instructor. Team members participate in: basic in house SAR group training, formal rope rescue instruction, evaluation and certification, rope rescue workshops and technical rescues. Rope team members target a minimum of 20 hours of rope rescue practice time each year.
Provincial Emergency Program rope rescue in BC is governed by four basic principles. Rescues are performed using a top down approach, which means that recue subjects are accessed from the slope or cliff above. A two rope system is employed to maximize safety. A 10:1 safety margin is employed which means that the rope rescue system employed is designed to be 10 times stronger than required to handle the load being applied. All equipment used in the rescue system must be designed and rated for the application.
The Rope Recue Team supports AVRS SAR missions by providing technical high angle and low angle rope rescue expertise. Members interested in becoming a Rope Rescue Team Member should express their interest to the AVRS Rope Recue Team Leader or Rope Rescue Instructor.