North Shore Rescue Open House

April 7, 2013

Written by: Michael Chang

Yesterday, I attended the North Shore Rescue’s Open House at their new base facility located at 61 Bewicke Avenue in North Vancouver. It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to tour the facility, meet some of the members, and see some of the gear that has played such an important role in saving many lives over the years.

North Shore Rescue members were on hand giving tours through the entire facility, showing the public how some of the rescue equipment worked, and letting children climb in and out of the trucks and hear the sirens. Vehicles on hand that the public was able to look at included the Mobile Command truck, with all of its radios, maps, and equipment, a suped-up Jeep Rubicon, a snowmobile, and a small amphibious vehicle. It was great to be able to walk through the mobile command truck and see all of the equipment, including the wall of radios and specialized maps that are used by the rescue team.

North Shore Rescue Radios

Radios in the North Shore Rescue’s Mobile Command Truck

The new building is quite large with 5 large doors where trucks can be parked or space that can be used for preparing for a rescue operation. There is also a large storage area on the ground level where all the gear is kept. The upstairs floor acts as a command centre with maps of the North Shore mountains, communication equipment, and a GPS tracking system that is able to track all of the members when they are out in the field.

North Shore Rescue GPS Tracking

The GPS tracking system used to track North Shore Rescue members during a rescue operation.

From all accounts, it sounded as though it was a successful event as I overheard that about 5,000 people visited throughout the day including members from other search and rescue groups.

North Shore Rescue Gear

A North Shore Rescue member explains the gear used in rescue operations.

For more information about the North Shore Search and Rescue, visit their website at:

North Shore Rescue History

A photo taken of North Shore Rescue members in 1968.

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