British Columbia | RCMP statement on helicopter crash

File photo of Air 5

Cultus Lake, Chilliwack | 17 Jan 2012

Statement issued by Chief Superintendent Wayne Rideout,
Deputy Criminal Operations Officer, “E” Division

Good afternoon.

I can confirm that, this afternoon, an RCMP helicopter crashed in the Cultus Lake area of Chilliwack.

It is with incredible sadness that I must now report that our pilot has passed away.

At this point, there are many unanswered questions and the Transportation Safety Board and the British Columbia Coroners Service will conduct this investigation.

What we do know at this time is:

• that the helicopter had just successfully completed a training exercise and was preparing to return to base when the helicopter was seen crashing.

• that our pilot was the sole occupant.

• that our pilot was taken to hospital by RCMP Emergency Response Team members who were present as part of the training exercise.

• that the pilot was a Civilian Member of the RCMP.

The RCMP can now confirm that the name of the pilot is David (Dave) Brolin. He was 46 years old and joined the RCMP in June 2006.

This man was also a part of our RCMP family and he will be missed. Many RCMP members and employees will be impacted by this loss and we are ensuring that proper support is available to them.

I want to express my most sincere condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers during this difficult time.

British Columbia | Premier Clark’s statement on RCMP helicopter fatality

Victoria | 18 Jan 2012

Premier Christy Clark and Shirley Bond, Minister of Public Safety, Solicitor General and Attorney General, issued the following statement following yesterday’s RCMP helicopter crash near Cultus Lake:

“I was deeply saddened to learn of this tragic loss and my thoughts are with the family, friends and co-workers of pilot Dave Brolin, who was a civilian member of the RCMP,” said Premier Clark. “This serves as a reminder to all of us of the bravery and dedication of emergency responders who work to further public safety and aid British Columbians in times of great need.”

“On behalf of all British Columbians, we want to thank the emergency response team members who had been practising in the area with Mr. Brolin, and who applied their skills quickly to aid their downed colleague,” said Bond. “In police work, the safety of first responders is always the paramount consideration. We know this loss will particularly touch RCMP members, and indeed all of those who work each and every day to further public safety in our communities.”