Self-Rescue vs. External Rescue
Cave rescue situations are fortunately rare but potentially very challenging, especially in remote caves and portions of caves with difficult access. We always recommend training in small-grouup self-rescue techniques, as it may take a considerable amount of time to mobilize outside resources.
About ABCCRS (Alberta/BC Cave Rescue Service)
For events requiring external help, cave rescue resource requirements may sometimes exceed available capability within governmental agencies having authority and responsibility for public safety. ABCCRS is a specialized volunteer Search and Rescue group that can be tasked by these agencies to assist, with specialized training, experience and equipment. Note that potential rescue situations should first be reported to the appropriate public agency (911, RCMP, Parks Canada), who will obtain support from ABCCRS if and as required.
ABCCRS does not offer "memberships" in the usual sense; to become involved, cavers with interest and a reasonable amount of experience need to attend at least one of the periodic training events and stay active, in order to be kept on the call-out list.
For more information please see the following links:
|A Test Cave
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|40 Yard Cave