Candle in the Window

Candle In The Window Wilderness Lost Person Assistance Program

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” – Christopher Reeve .

Historically a candle in the window was a sign of welcome, a beacon  for loved ones to find their way home.  In earlier days and in the countryside houses were further apart, the candle was placed in the window when a loved one was away to guide them back home.   This tradition dates from colonial times.

“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle”- Robert Alden

Candle in the Window (CITW), or better known as “court of last appeal”, is a proprietary program developed in 2007 by the Search and Rescue Society of British Columbia (SARBC).  This program is designed for missing person wilderness incidents where a search utilizing traditional methods has failed and a strong belief exists that more can be done to locate the missing subject.

The program requires the missing person’s family or friends to collect and provide information to SARBC.

Eacfh case is reviewed by the Overhead Management Team to determine if the Candle in the Window program is applicable.

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