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BC gov't bolsters local SAR resources with big grants

Ashley Stewart, BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file photos

 

Two SAR volunteers demonstrate their helicopter rescue technique at SARScene in 2013. Voice photo.

 

hilliwack Search and Rescue is receiving $100,000 in funding to help with their day-to-day operations and to bolster training, administrative support and equipment for this critical public safety lifeline volunteers announced the Chilliwack MLAs today.

 

"Chilliwack Search and Rescue will be using this $100,000.00 grant this year to continue to offer this service to the Chilliwack area and the greater of the province of B.C.," Chilliwack SAR president Jeremy Plesman said. "We hope this a first step in looking for a new way of committed long-term future funding for Search and Rescue in B.C."

"With many outdoor recreation opportunities in the area, Chilliwack Search and Rescue invest significant volunteer hours covering a large area," Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness said. "They are a critical organization in our community and this extra funding will certainly help them out."

"This extra boost helps cover the significant operating costs Chilliwack SAR have each year," Chilliwack MLA John Martin said. "As an organization that depends on volunteers, this funding makes a difference."

The funding is part of the B.C. government's $10 million in one-time funding committed to the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) and will take place over a two-year period, based on the proposed Alternative Support Model that was supported by its members. These funding allocations are given according to the needs of the local ground search and rescue teams to replace or update equipment, provide administrative support and pay for new or additional training.

This investment builds on the $6.3 million the B.C. government is already providing each year to cover ground search and rescue operational costs for deployment, as well as training and equipment costs, and the insurance and liability for the members of the 80 groups serving across the B.C. landscape.

 

A rescue operation at Bridal Falls last month.

 

Kent Harrison Search and Rescue is receiving $76,496.29 in funding to help build an equipment base for this critical public safety lifeline volunteers announced Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness today.

After saving funds for years to build a suitable permanent home for all of Kent Harrison Search and Rescue's equipment in one location, this money is enough to make the project possible. Construction begins today and is scheduled to be completed in December.

"The 6,400 sq. ft. structural steel building is post-disaster rated and will provide an ideal base for search and rescue operations for many years to come," said Kent Harrison SAR President Marvin Anderson. "The volunteer members of Kent Harrison Search and Rescue are truly grateful for the Province of British Columbia's financial support."

"Kent Harrison SAR volunteers invest a significant amount of volunteer time to cover their vast search area that is filled with high alpine peaks, large lakes, fast-flowing rivers and numerous hiking trails," Throness said. "After years of saving for a facility for their equipment, this extra funding boost has put them over the top to achieve their goal."

This funding is part of the B.C. government's $10-million in one-time funding commitment to the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) that will take place over a two-year period, based on the proposed Alternative Support Model that was supported by its members. These funding allocations are given according to the needs of the local ground search and rescue teams to replace or update equipment, provide administrative support and pay for new or additional training.

This investment builds on the $6.3 million the B.C. government is already providing each year to cover ground search and rescue operational costs for deployment, as well as training and equipment costs, and the insurance and liability for the members of the 80 groups serving across the B.C. landscape.
 


Learn more:
BC Search and Rescue Association: www.bcsara.com
Chilliwack Search and Rescue: www.chilliwacksar.org
PreparedBC: www2.gov.bc.ca/preparedbc
Basic emergency kit supplies: www.ow.ly/4nrcp3
Household preparedness and neighbourhood preparedness guides: www.ow.ly/4nrcso
Emergency Info BC, B.C.'s official channel for emergency alerts: www.ow.ly/WCDbj
Follow on Twitter: @EmergencyInfoBC and @PreparedBC and @ChilliwackSAR
 

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