British Columbia-based Knowledge Network has ordered the five-part cinematic docuseries Search and Rescue: North Shore from Vancouver indie Peg Leg Films.
The series will follow the more than 40 volunteer members of North Shore Rescue (NSR) as they locate, provide medical attention to and rescue individuals in distress throughout the rugged mountains, canyons and forests of North Vancouver.
It promises unprecedented access to the volunteer team with director Grant Baldwin having embedded himself with the NSR team over the course of a single year to capture everything from helicopter mountain rescues to retrieving lost hikers and administering first aid.
The North Shore Rescue team serves as one of 79 volunteer ground search and rescue organizations that operate throughout British Columbia.
Search and Rescue: North Shore is executive produced by Murray Battle and Patrice Ramsay. It was created by Peg Leg’s Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer, who respectively serve as director and producer on the series.
“Until I moved to Vancouver years ago, I never fully understood how close the city was to the wilderness and its perils. My understanding grew with nightly reports on local news of lost hikers and tourists being rescued by a group called North Shore Rescue,” said Rudy Buttignol, president and CEO of Knowledge Network, in a statement. “What I found truly surprising was that NSR was made up of all volunteers — highly skilled individuals putting their own lives at risk to help others. Heroes.”
Search and Rescue: North Shore premieres Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. PT on Knowledge Network. The series will also be made available to stream across Canada via the Knowledge Network website and on the Knowledge Network app.