^^ It is discussed in the article but there is no mention of SAR funding in the May 31, 2012 proposal to BC Parks. The risk management matrix identifies the potential for increasing accident rates but the mitigation action only lists: "Rescue equipment, maps, and first aid supplies will be kept in each hut."
There is also no line item in the costing tables specifying an allowance for SAR funding/support.
As stated: "There's no doubt about it, if you look at the statistics you can see that search and rescue is just a numbers game," he said. "When you put more people out there you're going to have more calls."
With the proposed Spearhead hut system and inevitable increase in backcountry users drawn to the huts, additional SAR resources will no doubt be required. I hope Spearhead hut promoters have taken into account. I think every dollar raised for the hut construction should be matched to cover the costs of additional SAR support.
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