It’s a busy time of year for Vernon Search and Rescue (VSAR), and annual funding from the province will help them keep people safe in the backcountry.
VSAR will receive its share of $6 million from the province to the BC Search and Rescue Association with the average distribution amount being roughly $63,000 per group.
“Vernon is home to a vast backcountry that offers something for everyone year-round,” said Harwinder Sandhu, MLA for Vernon-Monashee. “Unfortunately, with that, comes an increased risk of safety. That is why I’m pleased to see funding for Vernon Search and Rescue, so that the hardworking and dedicated volunteers can feel supported while serving their community.”
Funding will support life-saving rescue equipment, protective equipment for volunteers and administration costs such as insurance.
This is the second year of the annual funding agreement between the province and the BC Search and Rescue Association, which is the only agreement of its kind in Canada.
“B.C.’s search and rescue groups are made up of hard-working and dedicated volunteers who provide critical services to people in B.C.,” said Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness.