Coquitlam Search and Rescue and Kaizen Kinetics International (K2I, formerly North Guardian UAV Services) continue to work towards their goal of bringing UAV services to Search and Rescue in southwestern BC.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as Drones, are small remote controlled flying machines that can be used for a variety of purposes. Coquitlam SAR and K2I have been researching how to incorporate UAVs into SAR operations since January 2013. A UAV can carry cameras, audio, and other sensing devices. It can also carry radio and communications equipment, which can assist SAR by providing radio repeater functionality. The technology is changing quickly, and both Coquitlam SAR and K2I are convinced it can help save lives, and make search and rescue operations faster, safer and more efficient.

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K2I’s Canadian branch will be providing UAV pilots, expertise and equipment while Coquitlam SAR members will contribute subject area knowledge and expertise on SAR operations. By working with K2I, Coquitlam SAR will ensure that pilots and equipment are professionally trained, and insured. By combining our extensive knowledge of urban and wilderness Search and Rescue needs with K2I’s proven track record at delivery of UAV services to various sectors we hope to develop a SAR-specific program for UAV operations.

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Together, K2I and Coquitlam SAR will work on a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), to be applied for from Transport Canada, and will also develop Standard Operating Procedures, conduct joint training, and test UAVs in different scenarios common to SAR operations in southwest BC. Pending approval from Emergency Management British Columbia, Coquitlam SAR will enlist K2I to fly on actual SAR tasks within the year.

K2I has agreed to provide their services on a volunteer basis for the development phase of this program.

 

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