Published on: November 9, 2020

Growing Concerns About the Increase of Lost Hikers

For immediate publication

The Brome Lake and Sutton Fire Department is concerned about the increase in the number of lost hikers

Brome Lake, November 9, 2020 — As the temperature rises these days, we are concerned about the increase in the number of rescues of lost hikers in the area.

So far this year, no less than 28 interventions have been carried out. This is a staggering increase of 200% over last year’s statistics.

Each outing requires a large deployment of firefighters, police officers and first responders. In some cases, the team of drone pilots from the Bromont Fire Department is also called upon to support the search efforts, like they were last Sunday.

In many of these rescues, hikers had been negligent; some of them were not in possession of adequate clothing and survival equipment.

“We ask hikers to be vigilant and take the necessary precautions to ensure that they can be located at all times,” said Marc-Antoine Fortier, Captain of Prevention and Logistics for the Brome Lake and Sutton Fire Department “We also ask them to stay on the hiking trails.”

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to consult the Sûreté du Québec website for relevant information on how to prepare their excursions.

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