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Tim Jones, the leader and spokesperson of B.C.'s North Shore Rescue, died Sunday January 20 after collapsing on a trail while coming down from a rescue cabin on Mount Seymour. Read more

The search & rescue system in Canada is an emergency in the making.  Ironically, the very system that should be ready to help us when we’re lost or injured in the great Canadian wilderness is sending out its own SOS call. 

Stretched to its limits by the combination of an increasing number of outdoor adventurers and shrinking budgets, the SAR system relies to a massive extent on volunteers.  Their skill and daring are impressive, but they’re putting their life on the line with every call - and sacrificing work and family commitments, all without pay.  

Expectations of the patchwork system are also higher than ever because “weekend warriors” think they can call 911 or trigger a locator beacon from even the most remote wilderness. The traditional code of self-reliance is becoming lost, replaced by a false sense of security.

To the Rescue searches for the answer to an urgent question: who’s coming to the rescue of Canada’s haphazard search and rescue system?

 

Credits (Click to expand)

Directed by
MELANIE WOOD

Produced by
SUE RIDOUT

Narrator
ANN-MARIE MacDONALD

Written by
HELEN SLINGER
MELANIE WOOD

Editor
CARMEN POLLARD

Director of Photography
IAN KERR csc

Music Composer
GRAEME COLEMAN

Graphic Design & Animation
ERWIN CHIONG

Sound Design
EWAN DEANE

Location Sound
SIMON DOUCET

Story Producing
SHANNON LOWRY
SARA DARLING

Production Manager
ALISON HILL

Additional Camera
PAT BELL
TRISTRAM CLARK
JOHN COLLINS
MELANIE WOOD

Additional Sound
LEE TIZZARD
PETER WONG
FRANK INTORCIA
PAUL EDWARDS
JEFF HENSCHEL
PATRICK BRERETON

Online Editor & Colourist
LORNE WRIGHT

Post-Production Supervisor
ALISON HILL

Assistant Editor
MOHAMED FADL

Publicity and Outreach
CAROLINE BUTLER
SUSAN STAFFORD
MONIQUE CAMENZULI

Additional Rescue Footage
AARON BEARDMORE
JOHN BLOWN
TODD COOPER
MIKE DANKS
CURTIS JONES
RYAN MORASIEWICZ
LISA PAULSON
JAY PIGGOT
BRAD WHITE
JEFF YARNOLD


Archival Material

ArcticNet
Michiel Bedaux
Chris Bray & Jess Taunton
Thea Caplan & Anthony Zwig
Alain Comeau
CTV News Stox
Global News
James Hillier
InMotion Footage
Christian Moreton
Parks Canada: Banff & Glacier National Parks
Jordy Shepherd
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Produced with the participation of the

 

  

Province of British Columbia
Film Incentive BC


Produced by

 


In association with the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

© Dreamfilm Productions Ltd. 2014


For Doc Zone

Packaging Editor
MICHAEL READMAN

Associate Producer
GRIFFIN ONDAATJE

Unit Manager
SIBEL SAUNDERS

Associate Director
PETER LEE

Presentation Producer
DAVID GIDDENS

Production Manager
DAVID WILSON

Senior Manager
WILMA ALEXANDER

Senior Producer
LINDA LAUGHLIN

Executive Producer
Doc Zone
MICHAEL CLAYDON

Executive Director
Documentary Programming
MARK STAROWICZ

 

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