Red Deer County hosts UK-based search and rescue experts

A group of UK-based international search and rescue experts visited Central Alberta last week

A group of search and rescue experts from the UK visited Central Alberta last week for joint training with Red Deer County.

A group of UK-based international search and rescue experts visited Central Alberta last week to further their education on winter search and rescue techniques and cold-weather survival.

The group of sixteen was hosted by Red Deer County’s Protective Services department, marking something of a reunion for some participants. A search and rescue team from Alberta visited the UK two years ago for a similar learning experience.

“This training helps them be better prepared for international deployments and strengthens the relationship Red Deer County Technical Rescue members have with our partners around the world,” assistant county manager Ric Henderson said in a release.

The training, he felt, was mutually beneficially to both parties.

“Joint training such as this allows us to learn new ideas and techniques, and strengthens our ability to respond to incidents of all types.”