TERRACE – Eight regional search and rescue societies are receiving a combined $355,422 in funding from the B.C. government.

Organizations receiving funding:

  • Terrace Search and Rescue – $77,923.59
  • Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue -$77,368.88
  • Kitimat Search and Rescue – $55,509.90
  • Atlin Search and Rescue – $44,619.65
  • Bella Coola Valley Search and Rescue – $25,000
  • Archipelago Search and Rescue – $25,000
  • Prince Rupert Search and Rescue – $25,000
  • Stewart Search and Rescue – $25,000

“Search and rescue is a vital service to those in the face of peril and these volunteers work tirelessly to bring people safely back home to their families,” Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad said.

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.

The money received by the organizations will go toward activities such as training for technical search and rescue responses, personal protective equipment to ensure their members are safe, and other equipment that supports search and rescue operations.

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 B.C.

Learn more about the BC Search and Rescue Association at www.bcsara.com.