Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto has issued the following statement to the volunteers of British Columbia:
“The theme of 2016’s National Volunteer Week – Volunteers are the roots of strong communities – emphasizes how essential the services of local volunteers are in this country. Our province is fortunate to have more than 13,000 public safety lifeline volunteers in communities throughout B.C. who donate their time and often risk their lives to help keep British Columbians safe.
“Volunteers working in emergency preparedness and management often see British Columbians on the most challenging days of their lives. These volunteers conduct air and ground searches, respond to serious accidents and facilitate the care of survivors after a disaster has rendered them homeless.
“If you know one of these local heroes, please take the time to let them know how much their community appreciates their service. I would like to thank all volunteers in this province who continue to help make British Columbia an incredible place to live.”