BC pledging record $18.6M in funding for search and rescue teams

Mar 25 2019, 4:19 pm

The BC search and rescue community is applauding the provincial government for a record-breaking investment into its teams.

The BC government has pledged $18.6-million in funding to be used over the next three years — the single largest provincial GSAR investment in BC’s history.

It’s intended to help the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) and GSAR groups bolster training, provide administrative support and equipment renewals.

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The BC Search & Rescue Association represents the 80 recognized GSAR groups across the province.

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, said the province is also establishing a joint committee in hopes of developing a sustainable funding model for the groups.

The financial boost represents a 24% increase from the $5-million per year in supplemental funding announced three years ago.

“On behalf of the 80 ground search and rescue groups and 2,500 members across the province, our thanks to the provincial government for the single largest influx of funding for search and rescue to date,” said Chris Kelly, president, BCSARA.

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