AGASSIZ – Kent Harrison Search and Rescue is receiving $76,496.29 in funding to help build an equipment base for this critical public safety lifeline volunteers announced Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness today.

After saving funds for years to build a suitable permanent home for all of Kent Harrison Search and Rescue’s equipment in one location, this money is enough to make the project possible. Construction begins today and is scheduled to be completed in December.

“The 6,400 sq. ft. structural steel building is post-disaster rated and will provide an ideal base for search and rescue operations for many years to come,” said Kent Harrison SAR President Marvin Anderson. “The volunteer members of Kent Harrison Search and Rescue are truly grateful for the Province of British Columbia’s financial support.”

“Kent Harrison SAR volunteers invest a significant amount of volunteer time to cover their vast search area that is filled with high alpine peaks, large lakes, fast-flowing rivers and numerous hiking trails,” Throness said. “After years of saving for a facility for their equipment, this extra funding boost has put them over the top to achieve their goal.”

This funding is part of the B.C. government’s $10-million in one-time funding commitment to the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) that will take place over a two-year period, based on the proposed Alternative Support Model that was supported by its members. These 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 the B.C. landscape.

Learn more:

BC Search and Rescue Association: www.bcsara.com

Kent Harrison Search and Rescue: khsar.com

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