A massive search and rescue drill was held on the South Island today, in an effort to save lives in an emergency.
The large-scale training exercise involved police and multiple volunteer agencies.
A mobile command centre was set up at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and rescue volunteers were deployed throughout the community — searching parks, fields, urban areas and wilderness.
The training scenario centered around a missing person suffering from dementia who had walked away from the hospital — a situation that’s happening more and more on Vancouver Island.
The event was organized by the Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization, in conjunction with Central Saanich Police and involved search and rescue teams from all over the South Island.
There are 80 volunteer search and rescue teams around BC who respond to more than 1,000 calls each year.