Up until 1993, the highways around Sicamous were protected by the BC Ambulance service for motor vehicle collisions. This entailed their vans to be equipped with basic extrication gear that was not always handy, hard to use, nor was is it an easy task with only two people.
Today, there are hundreds of Kilometers of roads around the Sicamous and Shuswap area that are protected by not only BC Ambulance, but a special group of people that can attend any collision needing special extrication help. They have the latest “cool” tools like the cordless jaws of life, harnesses and ropes to repel down steep embankments and cliffs, generators and bright LED lighting that makes daylight appear any time. Special clothing to protect them from acids and oils, radio communications not only within their crew, but direct links to emergency helicopter rescues for those life and death situations. This group of rock stars trains with organizations specialized in the latest rescue techniques from extrication on the latest vehicles to “over the bank” life support.