BC Search & Rescue offers tips for social distancing outdoors

Be extra cautious outdoors

Social distancing is difficult to maintain for first responders when they are out on a call, so the BC Search and Rescue Association are asking the public to be extra cautious when heading outdoors.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk these volunteers take are heightened since there is a risk of virus transmission during a call. By taking extra precautions, the risk can be reduced for the volunteers, and other first responders.

"Safety for our volunteers and their families are our number one priority during these difficult times," says Brian Stainsby, SAR Manager for Central Okanagan Search & Rescue. "Our volunteers are doing whatever they can to rescue the people who call us, so we ask that people take the necessary precautions to mitigate the risk of disease transmission."

Being cooped up in the house may lead to people taking more risky routes when exercising outside, so BC SAR is issuing information to consider during this pandemic:

  • Park access may have changed, which means some parks and high-use areas may be closed.
  • SAR volunteer levels may fluctuate as volunteer's needs and challenges change while they also deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Physical distancing must be followed, even while outside.
  • Avalanches are still a threat, so BC SAR advises avoiding taking any risk in the area.

BC SAR advises the public to be careful when exercising outdoors to ensure the safety of yourself and everyone around you.

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