Search and Rescue looks for assistance

Shuswap Volunteer Search and Rescue Society (SAR) is asking for help in paying for a new Rapid Response Vehicle

  • Jun. 4, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Shuswap Volunteer Search and Rescue Society (SAR) is a volunteer organization that has been serving the community for more than 25 years.

They are asking for the Shuswap’s help in paying for a new rapid initial response vehicle and trailer purchased through provincial gaming grants and community donations.

“This was accomplished through the dedication and perseverance of several of our members,” says Luke Gubbels, SAR member. “However, grants do not cover all of our costs, so we are selling space on the vehicle and trailer to help offset some of those expenses.”

Search and rescue volunteers go out into any kind of weather, day or night, 365 days of the year – without cost to those they rescue or payment to themselves.

“The past year has been a busy one for us in terms of call-outs and training,” says Gubbels.  “With an increase in outdoor activities and pursuits there is an increase in situations where our services are required.”

As summer approaches, SAR offers a few reminders:

• You do not have to pay to be rescued – Search and Rescue is a volunteer-run, non-profit society.

• You do not have to wait 24 hours to call Search and Rescue for help. Time is of the essence. If you find yourself in a situation where SAR’s help is required or if a family member or friend is unreasonably overdue from an outdoor adventure, call 911.

To sponsor a business name or logo on SAR’s new initial response truck, or send a private donation, visit www.svsar.org, call 250-833-1473 or donate to P.O. Box 241, Salmon Arm V1E 4N3.