April 30, 2016
Answering the Call
Public safety volunteers
recognized for efforts
Gov't Caucus/Handout photos
Public safety volunteers were
recognized for their service last week at the Legislature.
a year, British Columbia recognizes Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer
Award winners and their significant contributions to emergency and
disaster response in this province.
During a ceremony Thursday at the
Parliament Buildings, the outstanding achievements of six emergency
volunteers were recognized. Public safety lifeline volunteers (PSLVs)
conduct air and ground searches, help the victims of serious car
accidents, set up networks of volunteer teams and co-ordinate
services for victims of natural disasters.
“British Columbia’s public safety lifeline volunteers are essential
to the well-being of our province’s citizens in emergency and
disaster response. Volunteers working in emergency preparedness and
management make many sacrifices and often aid British Columbians on
the most challenging days of their lives. On behalf of the Province,
I would like to extend a special thank you to all volunteers – and
the families that support them – for placing the needs of others
before your own,” Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness,
Six recipients were on hand to receive
Emergency Social Services:
Wayne Hartley, Vancouver Island
Search and Rescue:
Bridget Ann Milsom, South West
Alan Mallett, Vancouver Island
Provincial Emergency Program
Brian Dunham, Vancouver Island
Edward Jones, South East region
George Merchant, South West region
Doug Fraser, Chilliwack Search and
Rescue manager, told The Voice Thursday the Volunteer
of the Year award is going to a devoted member in North Vancouver.
Bridget Milsom recognized in the
Legislature for 20 years of service as a North Shore Rescue
"This year's recipient for SAR Volunteer of the Year, Bridget Milsom,
is truly deserving of the recognition. She's a member of North Shore
Rescue and has been volunteering for well over 20 years," said
There are more than 13,000 public safety lifeline volunteers in
British Columbia who respond to an average of 6,000 incidents a
“As the Minister of Public Safety, I commend the individuals being
honoured today for their volunteerism, courage and dedication to
helping others in often dangerous and tragic situations. It’s with
great passion and commitment that these people contribute to public
safety in communities all across B.C. This is a vital service to
those in the face of peril and these volunteers work tirelessly to
bring people safely back home to their families,” said Minister of
Public Safety, Mike Morris.
Public safety lifeline volunteers demonstrate a selfless commitment
to the safety of B.C. families and communities with a tireless
dedication and passion for helping others during emergencies.
• There are approximately 2,500 registered search and rescue
volunteers throughout B.C. who respond to 1,400 incidents annually,
more than any other province.
• Road rescue volunteers attend more than 2,000 motor vehicle
accidents annually across the province. Under the road rescue
organization, teams provide vehicle extrication, rope rescue and
other specialized rescue services to help protect B.C.’s travelling
• PEP Air's primary function is to assist Canadian Forces during
search and rescue missions when additional resources are required.
Currently, the organization includes more than 100 aircraft crewed
by more than 900 pilots, spotters and navigators.
• Emergency Social Services provides short-term assistance to
British Columbians who are forced to leave their homes because of
fire, floods or other emergencies. This assistance includes food,
lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification.
• Emergency Radio Communications respond when all other systems of
communications fail. A proven and reliable means of communications,
emergency or “ham” radio is a public safety lifeline that helps
coordinate crisis relief.
To learn more about Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers and their work
in your community, visit
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