The camaraderie among Search and Rescue volunteers stretches across provinces.
Vernon Search and Rescue recently acquired new jackets, and the old coats are being donated to the unit’s counterparts in Regina, Sask.
“It’s all about groups helping groups,” said Rob Cross, a Vernon SAR director.
The idea of donating the old jackets arose when Don Blakely, with Vernon SAR, was speaking with Lloyd Goodwill, Regina Search and Rescue president, during a conference. It became obvious that the Regina unit was faced with some financial challenges.
“To put out money for new jackets would have been too much,” said Goodwill.
“We’re so thankful to Vernon SAR. We will make good use of them.”
Regina SAR has 25 members and its activities are self-funded.
By not having to purchase jackets, Goodwill says his unit’s funds can go into other resources.
“I am so impressed with the distinct colours of Vernon SAR’s outerwear. They’re quite unique,” he said.
The jackets being donated are about 20 years old.
“Some need zippers and a little repair but they’re in pretty good shape,” said Cross.
Vernon SAR was able to purchase new jackets after receiving a grant from B.C. Gaming.
“They are modelled on RCMP and ambulance jackets,” said Cross, adding that they must meet the specific needs of SAR members when out in the field.
“We need them for searching, bright orange and green, and with lots of pockets. We need places for our radios, compasses and other equipment.”