Electric Bicycles are generally used by consumers as a more efficient mode of transportation, but the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue leverage the technology to more efficiently offer e-bike aid and assistance. Armed with Giant e-mountain bikes, volunteers working with the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue will utilize the e-bikes in both urban and backcountry rescue operations. According to Brian Stainsby, COSAR e-bike team coordinator, with e-bike "We can get to an injured subject faster and render aid quicker."
The bikes used for the e-bike aid and assistance were paid for in part by the B.C. Search and Rescue Association and through fundraising. The e-bikes used by Central Okanagan Search and Rescue offer a 500-watt pedal assist motor. The decision to use e-bikes came as they are significantly quieter than quad bikes or motorcycles allowing rescue workers to use sound search techniques.
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