The Badlands Search and Rescue was founded in the spring of 2010 by Scott Campbell, when he decided to speak with Search and Rescue Alberta and found that there was a definite need for it.
"Lately we have been focusing on doing a lot of training and recruiting. We held a recruiting session in Strathmore, and a second one in Drumheller; unfortunately with the poor weather a lot of people weren't able to attend," explained Campbell.
The Badlands Search and Rescue Team is not for the faint of heart. It is a commitment that you need to make sure you are prepared for. Campbell explained that the average fire call is typically around 2-3 hours, unless it is a fairly large fire, where their calls are typically 2-3 days, and sometimes can be ongoing for months at a time.
"We have been tasked out four times last year in 2017, including a lost or missing, overdue person file; we are looking forward to being even busier this year as we now have two more detachments added to our area of responsibility," said Campbell.
The Badlands Search and Rescue area consists of the following RCMP Detachments: Bieseker, Bassano, Chestermere, Strathmore, Gleichen, and Drumheller. They often times get called out to help other Search and Rescue teams in the province as well.
"We are also looking forward to working with Fish and Wildlife on assisting them in evidence searches on some open files that they have going; we could be called anywhere in the province," explained Campbell.
Badlands Search and Rescue will be holding another recruiting session on April 7 at the Badlands Community Facility.