Thursday, July 23, 2020

Provincial funding announced to support Ground Search and Rescue volunteers

The Province of British Columbia has expanded on on its investment in Ground Search and Rescue in across the province, with an announcement this week of an additional funding contribution towards the work of the 2,500 Ground Search and Rescue volunteers that keep us safe.

The funding which will see an annual financial injection of 6 million dollars beginning in 2022-23 delivers on a long awaited program that builds on the government's commitment to 79 groups across the province which was announced in 2019.

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice, who is also the Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness noted of the challenges the the Search and Rescue workers see in their tasks as well as the dedication that they bring to their work.

“Every time someone takes a risk in the backcountry, by going off established trails or not being prepared, the safety of ground search and rescue volunteers is put at risk. These skilled and dedicated volunteers work hard, and while they will be there for people who need help, British Columbians need to do their part by being prepared and staying safe in the outdoors.”

This year those Ground SAR teams have been busy, with the volunteers responding to more than 700 calls across British Columbia since January.

More details on the funding program as well as guidance for outdoor enthusiasts to help reduce the need for the services of the Search and Rescue workers  can be reviewed here.

You can learn more about the work of the Prince Rupert Ground Search and Rescue unit here.

For notes on the work of Ground Search and Rescue teams and other Emergency Responders in the Northwest see our archive page here.

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