Once again, human technology and brawn did not disappoint on March 22nd.

The second Day of Rescue: Joint Demonstration and Trials of Amphibious Vehicles featured 6 participants which included all-terrain vehicles, hovercrafts, an armoured special vehicle, a long-range drone manufacturer as well as a human-machine interface developer.

The event also included live rescue demonstrations on the ice and in the open waters of the Georgian Bay.

The demonstration was in collaboration with first responders from the Town of Parry Sound, Carling, McDougall, and Seguin.

Parry Sound Mayor Jamie McGarvey, CAO Clayton Harris with the CEO of Roshel (centre) (2)LD
Parry Sound Mayor Jamie McGarvey, CEO of Roshel Roman Shimonov, Parry Sound CAO Clayton Harris. Photo: V. Shehovtsov

Parry Sound Mayor Jamie McGarvey said, ‘Our vision is to see a Canada-first cluster of companies building rescue/all-terrain vehicles in the Parry Sound area. With our proximity to major markets in Ontario and the USA, and the support of our Federal and Provincial partners we feel strongly this vision will become a reality’.

Because of the success of the event, The Town of Parry Sound will now make the Day of Search and Rescue an annual 2-day international summit.

The event will bring search and rescue manufacturers from Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Photo: iSparks Solutions

Day of Search and Rescue is the brainchild of organizer Roman Korotin, CEO of Interconn Development Ltd, manufacturer of the ATASD amphibious vehicle.

Korotin says many manufacturers were hesitant to attend the event because of its short duration.

Many felt the extended trip they would have to make wasn’t worth their while for just a two-hour demonstration.

‘Now that the event spans two days, we will have many more manufacturers bringing a broader variety of product’ Korotin adds.

‘We will also see many more search and rescue teams from municipalities right across Canada. Municipalities from Louisiana and Texas have also expressed an interest’.

Norm Miller, MPP and Yuri Pyatkov, CEO, SHERP North AmericaLD
Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller and SHERP CEO, Yuri Pyatkov. Photo: iSparks Solutions

Initial planning has the first day totally dedicated to search and rescue, while the second day will also include seminars and promotional events.

The 2-day international summit event is tentatively scheduled for March 20-21, 2020.