How much does it cost to provide lifesaving Search and Rescue services?
- $30 is the price of protective goggles, which improve vision during foul weather rescues
- $50 pays for a strobe light, which could save the life of a crewmember swept overboard during a night rescue
- $72 is the price of a helmet - essential for a crewmember racing at high speeds to a rescue
- $150 pays for a utility vest, which gives a crewmember quick access to first aid and safety equipment
- $400 buys a radio for fast communication between rescue crews and rescue coordinators
- $500 is the price of an all-weather survival suit, necessary for British Columbia's freezing waters and harsh winter storms
An average incident costs $174 in fuel and equipment wear and tear just to have a single crew tasked. This amount does not include the initial purchase of the vessel or the purchase of sophisticated navigation, communication and crew equipment onboard.
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