PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George Regional Highway Rescue Society will benefit from $115,000 in funding from the B.C. Government.

The Prince George Regional Highway Rescue Society operates in the Fraser Fort George Regional District. The services provided by road rescue teams include vehicle extrication and rope rescue in response to motor vehicle accidents.

“Those who work in search and rescue risk their safety to help other people,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “They put themselves in harm’s way, often in challenging conditions. The work that they do helps make our region a safer place.”

The funding will be used to help the Prince George Regional Highway Rescue Society buy new rescue tools, upgrades and maintenance to the rescue trucks, rescue gear for volunteers and ongoing operational and training costs for the rescue department.

“This funding will go a long way in helping us help the public when auto extrication or over the bank rescue is required,” Prince George Regional Highway Rescue Department chief Keith Laboucan said. “It will keep our doors open and helps us move towards our goal of a long term stable home of our own. We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of B.C. and we appreciate the support of Honourable Mike Morris.”

This grant is awarded under the Human and Social Services category of the Community Gaming Grant program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Public Safety, Sports and Arts and Culture and Environment.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at gaming.gov.bc.ca/grants/.