Boost Human External Cargo Systems Equips

Parks Canada’s longline rescue operations

New Standard in HEC System Now Used by Mountain Safety Specialists

 March 3, 2017, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Boost Human External Cargo Systems Inc.  (www.boostsystems.ca), a leading provider of fixed line equipment for aerial rescue, is pleased to supply Parks Canada Search and Rescue (SAR) teams with the most advanced Human External Cargo (HEC) systems for light helicopters.

Parks Canada is currently transitioning to the Class D Fixed Line, HEC System provided by Boost Systems and as of March 2017, the following locations and programs will be fully operational with the new system: 

·       Jasper National Park (AB): Visitor Safety and Wildfire Management programs. 

·       Banff National Park (AB): Visitor Safety and Wildfire Management programs. 

·       Yoho and Kootenay National Park (BC): Visitor Safety and Wildfire Management programs. 

·       Mount Revelstoke-Glacier National Park (BC): Visitor Safety and Wildfire management programs. 

·       Waterton Lakes National Park (AB): Visitor Safety program. 

·       Kluane National Park (YK): Visitor Safety program. 
 

“Our HEC system is designed to place more rescuers in the field at one time and to evacuate more people to safety with fewer trips,” explains Derek Thomas, President, Boost Systems. “The equipment dramatically improves personnel safety and helicopter utilization, aspects of aerial rescue operations that have not changed measurably for over a decade.”

 Boost Systems specializes in HEC kits that handle a payload of up to 1100 pounds (500 kg), effectively doubling the payload of most systems in use with the AS350/355 and the Bell 407. Boost Systems holds both Transport Canada and FAA-issued STCs for the equipment (Bell 407 FAA STC pending), which is easy to install, does not use a bellyband and allows use with the helicopter doors on or off. The system has two independent releases, with the primary release on the cyclic giving the pilot full control of the system eliminating the need for a spotter.

Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world. Their backcountry emergency response program is recognized globally as maintaining the highest standards and certifications and visitor safety is a top priority for Parks Canada. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, admission for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada will be free in 2017.  

About Boost

Boost Human External Cargo Systems Inc. is a Canadian-based company, founded to provide rescue and industry teams with the safest, most advanced, fully certified fixed line Human External Cargo System (HEC) and training in North America. www.boostsystems.ca. Tweet us @boostsystems and connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn

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For information & photos:                                                         

Karen Berkhout                                                                           Media Relations
Boost Systems                                                                            Parks Canada Agency 
604-783-0701     karen@boostsystems.ca                                1-855-862-1812       pc.media@pc.gc.ca 

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Parks Canada team training on new Boost Systems HEC equipment in Jasper AB.

Parks Canada team training on new Boost Systems HEC equipment in Jasper AB.