In December 1956, 62 lives were lost in the crash of Flight 810, somewhere in the Chilliwack area.
Offical agencies enlisted the help of experienced mountaineers and skilled local volunteers to search for the wreckage.
It was found 5 months later at 7,600 feet on Mount Slesse and on the snow field 2,000 feet below.
During the Sleese search the need for a skilled, structured rescue group was recognized and as a result the Chilliwack Emergency Rescue Corps was formed.
In the 1970's, with the formation of the Provincial Emergency Program the Corps was revitalized and renamed Chilliwack Search & Rescue.
Over the years, Chilliwack Search & Rescue has grown to meet the increasing demands for its services. From 10 tasks annually in the 1980's, Chilliwack Search & Rescue is currently called out between 60 and 70 times a year.