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Canadian Summit May Formally Honor SAR Pioneer

By Staff Writer | November 27, 2015

Search and Rescue

The Canadian province of British Columbia is contemplating renaming a mountain peak to honor a longtime search and rescue volunteer who died in 2014. Second Pump Peak in Mount Seymour Provincial Park north of Vancouver already is referred to as Tim Jones Peak after a founder of the North Shore Rescue mountain SAR team based in Vancouver. Now the province’s Geographical Names Office is advising area leaders of a petition to formally name the 4,675-ft summit after Jones, according to the news outlet Vancouver 24 Hrs. The paramedic and search manager died Jan. 19, 2014 while hiking on Mount Seymour. In addition to his founding role at North Shore Rescue, Jones is credited as pioneering the Helicopter External Transport System, a long-line rescue technique for suspending a rescuer below a helicopter. This allows the aircraft to stay clear of obstacles while inserting and extracting to and from challenging terrain. That work led to him being awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2011. His citation read in part that Jones promoted the long-line rescue system “as a vital life-saving tool that saved time and brought lost and injured people home and to medical care quickly, and with little risk. His work at making this rescue technique available to SAR members saved many lives.” That award is the highest the province can extend to its citizens "who have served with the greatest distinction,” according to the provincial government.

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