MLAs Mike Morris and Shirley Bond, joined by Acting Mayor Susan Scott, congratulate Prince George Search and Rescue members Dave Merritt, Jeff Smedley and Trent Blair on receiving funding.

MLAs Mike Morris and Shirley Bond, joined by Acting Mayor Susan Scott, congratulate Prince George Search and Rescue members Dave Merritt, Jeff Smedley and Trent Blair on receiving funding.

PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George Search and Rescue is receiving $93,364.41 from the B.C. government.

The funding comes from the B.C. government’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.

Prince George Search and Rescue team members, unpaid professionals trained in wilderness skills and technical rescue, search for lost individuals, evacuating injured persons, and assist in other Prince George area emergencies. The rescue team responds to Mutual Aid calls around B.C. and long running searches that need more resources.

“First off, we would like to start by saying that Prince George Search and Rescue is extremely grateful to be receiving these funds. In fact, it could not be at a more opportune time for our team,” Prince George Search and Rescue Manager Trent Blair said. “We currently have several large projects on the horizon. Prince George Search and Rescue is actively pursuing a Class D Fixed Line or CDFL team. We are currently working our way through the application process to bring this resource to our community and our region.”

“Search and rescue teams across the province rely on dedicated volunteers to ensure that when there is a call for help, someone responds. We are grateful to the people who step up in difficult circumstances to ensure that people who need help get the assistance and support they require,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “The additional funding being provided today will make the purchase of new equipment or providing training a little easier for this important organization.”

“People working in search and rescue put their lives at risk to ensure the safety of other people and our government wants to support our search and rescue teams,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “We owe a debt of gratitude to our troops of tirelessly dedicated search and rescue volunteers here in Prince George.”

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. 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 about Prince George Search and Rescue at www.pgsar.ca.