Planning on an Outdoor Adventure – Be Safe! — February 11, 2019

Planning on an Outdoor Adventure – Be Safe!

February 11, 2019

OTTAWA:  Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, wishes to inform constituents of Public Safety and Emergency Management’s funding announcement of $977,916 to the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC), for the development and application of a new AdventureSmart Trip App.  The funding will also be used to update training for SAR volunteers, data collection and an e-learning platform. The app will increase safety awareness and spread prevention messages to Canadians.

The app is currently available on iOS and Android devices.  The download is free.

In Canada, search and rescue is a responsibility shared by governments, the military, volunteers, and industry groups. There are approximately 15,000 Search and Rescue volunteers across Canada, representing ground, air and maritime domains. Canada’s search and rescue area of responsibility is 18 million square kilometres of land and water and includes the longest coastline in the world.

One of the app’s features is to produce a #TripPlan, that can be left with a responsible person when heading out on an outdoor adventure. A plan can help first responders and search and rescue volunteers find a lost or injured person.

The AdventureSmart program, delivered by SARVAC with support from Public Safety Canada, is a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians and visitors to Canada to get informed and go outdoors.  The three main tenets of the AdventureSmart program are Trip Planning, Training and Taking the Essentials (the three Ts).

“This app will keep you safe.  I encourage my constituents who are planning an outdoor adventure to download this app.  This will definitely increase the success of a rescue if required,” concluded MP Eglinski.

For more information please go to:  https://www.adventuresmart.ca/

For information on SARVAC:  https://sarvac.ca/  or https://saralberta.ca/

 

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