QUALICUM BEACH– Three local search and rescue organizations are receiving more than $213,500 as part of the Province’s $10-million in one-time funding commitments to the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) to help bolster training, administrative support and equipment renewals for these critical public safety lifeline volunteers.
Organizations receiving grants:
- Arrowsmith Search & Rescue – $57,580
- Nanaimo Search & Rescue – $77,222
- Alberni Valley Rescue Squad – $78,800
The money received by these groups will go toward activities such as training for technical search and rescue responses, personal protective equipment to ensure members are safe, and other equipment that supports search and rescue operations.
“Our local search and rescue volunteers are often unsung heroes in our community,” says Michelle Stilwell, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum. “These funds support their tireless dedication to helping those who find themselves in troublesome situations in our great outdoors.”
The $10 million in BCSARA funding 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.