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Vernon Search and Rescue on hunt for members

Vernon Search and Rescue is looking for new members.

The non-profit society, which has provided search and rescue services since 1960, will hold new recruit information nights Jan. 15 and 17.

Both events start at 7 p.m. at the Vernon Search and Rescue office on Aberdeen Road in Coldstream (next to the Regional District of North Okanagan).

“A fair degree of commitment is required from each member to participate in tasks, training and promotional events throughout the year,” said Rob Cross, membership director.

Vernon SAR currently has 65 volunteer members that are on call 24 hours a day through the use of pages and an automated telephone system.  It averages about 40 incidents annually.

Resources consist of an initial response truck, a command truck, two jet boats, three ATVs and three snow machines.

“There are no restrictions on who can become a member, and the group consists of both genders,” said Cross. “The only requirement is that each member completes the basic training as required by Emergency Management B.C.

“For many, the basic course is just a stepping stone into one of the many specialties of search and rescue, including search management, swift water rescue, flat ice rescue, rope rescue, avalanche rescue, and tracking.”

For more information, go to www.vernonsar.ca.

 

 

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