K-Country search and rescue teams ramp up for busy season

Search and rescue crews in Kananaskis Country are now primed and ready for action.

Crews respond to roughly 300 rescues each year

Search and rescue crews in Kananaskis Country perform an average of 300 rescues every year, with July and August being their busiest months. (Lauren Krugel/Canadian Press)

Search and rescue crews in Kananaskis Country are now primed and ready for action.

Crews have just wrapped up a mandatory refresher course on rope and helicopter rescues ahead of their busiest season and say they need to be ready to see anything and everything.

"Right from river accidents to climbing accidents to hiking accidents to people getting lost," said Burke Duncan, a public safety specialist with the team. "Equestrian accidents to off-highway vehicle accidents involving quads, motorcycles, Jeeps... just about anything you can think of happening."

Duncan says the busiest months are usually July and August.

Crews perform an average of 300 rescues every year.

Duncan says the outdoors can be risky, but the search and rescue crews don't believe people should have to pay for their help because that would delay rescue calls and put extra pressure on the medical system.