The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association — CASARA — is introducing new coverage zones and high-tech training equipment in Nunavut.

"The number of cases that we have up North is increasing so it's important to stay proficient in the performance of search and rescue in this Arctic area," said Lt.-Col. Jean Bernier, commanding officer of 424 Squadron at CFB Trenton.

Bernier said a new simulator will provide regular, modern training to keep spotters sharp when aircraft aren't available.

Thirteen volunteer search-and-rescue spotters from Hall Beach took part in training this week using the simulator before climbing aboard a C-130 Hercules.

It's a promising start, Bernier said, to CASARA's latest expansion. This year the volunteer organization has fanned out from Iqaluit and Resolute to new coverage zones in Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay and Hall Beach.

Training is taking place in all three hamlets.

"It could save lives, not right now, but someday if we have to search or spot a person," said trainee Kyle Issigaitok of Hall Beach.