Nine of the region’s emergency services teams will present demonstrations at Silver Star Mountain Resort’s Emergency Services Day Saturday.
From a heli-winch rescue to avalanche search techniques, the event will feature the skills and equipment brought into action to assist those in need.
Activities include a trauma scenario enacted by the Justice Institute of B.C. team and Shaw Okanagan’s Jamie Ross being extricated from a car by the local fire department.
“The Justice Institute trauma scenario simulation will show our rescue teams doing what they do best,” said Ellen Hardy, Silver Star patroller and paramedic.
“We’ll be simulating stabilization of critically injured patients for transport.”
Demonstrations are scheduled every half-hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Vernon Search and Rescue will kick things off with a snow shelter demonstration at 9 a.m. and close the day with a heli winch rescue at 3 p.m.
Other demonstrations will include CPR, extinguishing a fire, rope rescue, a ski lift evacuation, police dogs and an avalanche probe line.
“There will also be information booths in the village for anyone interested in search and rescue to find out more about what emergency services teams do and the equipment they use in their work,” said Hardy.
Emergency Services Day is an evolution of Silver Star’s annual fundraising efforts for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.
On Feb. 20, Silver Star will donate $20 from every full-day alpine lift ticket sold to the foundation.
“The foundation is grateful for the long standing support that has been given by Silver Star Mountain,” said Sue Beaudry, with VJHF.
“We are excited about this day, as it will give people an opportunity to witness the steps that professionals take for healthy outcomes in emergency situations.”