Although there has been significant criticism lately of our search and rescue system and the response they provide, I recently had an extremely positive experience with this from a provincial level.
With sincere gratitude I wish to express my thanks to the government of Newfoundland and Labrador for their rapid response and co-operation when called upon for a medical emergency.
While snowmobiling in the backcountry near Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of the province in early April 2013, a member of our party suffered a critical injury to his leg that rendered him immobile and unable to operate a snowmobile to get out of the backcountry.
With the assistance of a satellite phone from a local cabin we were able to get a call to government services who rapidly offered appropriate and helpful assistance.
We were put through to a doctor who, even though he was driving his personal vehicle through St. John’s on a Friday evening, took the time to ensure that the injured person was OK and everything we could do for him was done.
In a timely fashion, it was decided that a helicopter would be required to medevac the injured person from the backcountry.
I wish to commend government services along with Universal Helicopters for their timely response who responded to the scene with two Western Healthcare paramedics who acted in a very professional manner ensuring that the injured person was OK and would be properly cared for.
With the co-operation and assistance of everyone involved in this operation on a Friday evening, the injured person was timely and safely medevac’d from the backwoods of western Newfoundland to Western Memorial Regional Hospital.
Once again I express my utmost thanks and gratitude to the government of Newfoundland and Labrador and their employees for their timely and professional assistance in ensuring the health and safety of the injured member of our party.
If it was not for the assistance of everyone involved in this situation the result could have been a lot worse and quite possibly life threatening.