A new postage stamp that honours Canada’s search and rescue (SAR) experts was unveiled recently by Canada Post in Banff, Alta. The crown corporation, in its effort to capture the many aspects and settings in which search and rescue operations take place, depicts a Canadian Coast Guard Bell 429 helicopter extraction in the Rocky Mountains, something that would not normally take place. The RCAF’s Cormorant SAR helicopter, with a range of 1000 km, would be more suitable for such a mission.

Regardless, eFlight joins Canada Post in saluting the many SAR professionals and volunteers that stand ready to come to our aid in emergency situations.

The stamp, part of a five-stamp series recognizing Canada’s first responders, is a ‘P’ stamp, meaning that it will always remain valid for standard domestic first class mail, regardless of subsequent price hikes.

These stamps, and collectors’ editions thereof, can be purchased at local post offices or online.