The great outdoors can be not-so-great if you wander off into the woods during a harsh Canadian winter.
Luckily, we have groups like the Ground Search and Rescue Team at 4 Wing Cold Lake.
They showed me exactly how I’d be rescued if something like this was to happen to me!
During the scenario we set up, I’ve lost my way out in the cold Alberta wilderness.
After some searching, part of the Ground Search and Rescue team finds me and provides any immediate care at the scene.
I’m provided shelter and a warm blanket by fireside while the crew administers any critical first aid.
Most people don’t realize how important it is to also stay hydrated in situations of extreme cold. Remember to drink water!
The team then employs a GPS, sending a signal to the snowbulance of our whereabouts.
The snowbulance is a miniature-sized ambulance towed by a snowmobile.
When the unit is close, a canister is deployed which seeps red smoke as an additional signal for the medical unit to follow and find us.
When the snowbulance arrives on-scene, the team transfers me into the red pod and hands over any important medical notes on my injuries to the medical team.
Then off we go. Back to the safety of 4 Wing!