Tuesday, December 10, 2013


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Chilliwack Search and Rescue gets badly needed funding

Released by the BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo


A SAR helicopter extraction demonstration in October.


he Chilliwack Search and Rescue Society received $30,000 for its search and rescue and training programs last week, while the Coquihalla Summit Snowmobile Club received $12,000 for avalanche safety and trail maintenance.


This funding was provided by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development's Community Gaming Grant Program.


Chilliwack Search and Rescue is a volunteer organization responsible for covering an area of 1,100 square kilometres. The organization is called upon 60 to 70 times each year to help those who find themselves in danger, whether in urban, rural, mountainous, swift water, or wilderness terrain.

The Coquihalla Summit Snowmobile Club is an organization devoted to the sport of recreational snowmobiling and promoting the safe and responsible use of the British Columbia backcountry.

Chilliwack MLA John Martin said "Safety, especially in B.C.'s backcountry, is very important, and organizations like the Coquihalla Summit Snowmobile Club and Chilliwack Search and Rescue do an excellent job of educating people about safety and helping them when they're in trouble. These gaming grants will help them continue to do this great work."

Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness said "These are two great local organizations that keep people safe and really benefit our region. I'm happy to see them receiving funding that will help support their public safety efforts."

This grant was awarded under the Public Safety category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues. In addition to the Public Safety category, Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Sport, Human and Social Development, Environment, and Arts and Culture. In the 2012/13 fiscal year, the B.C. government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.

For organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants, full application information can be found at www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.

To find out more about the Chilliwack Search and Rescue Society, visit www.chilliwacksar.org. To learn about the Coquihalla Summit Snowmobile Club, visit www.coqsnow.com.

See the Voice's previous coverage of SAR here.


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