Premier Christy Clark announced $10,000 for the purchase of ten new digital radios for Coquitlam Search and Rescue volunteers, giving them more range and reliability to help even more people. This investment, and the one-time $10 million grant announced yesterday, supports the province’s commitment to fund the BC Search and Rescue Association to help bolster training, administrative support and equipment renewals.
The BC Search and Rescue Association will work with its membership to support ground search and rescue services across British Columbia. Once allocated, the $10 million will be spent according to the needs of the local ground search and rescue teams, replacing or updating equipment, providing administrative support and paying for new or additional training.
This investment builds on the $6.3 million that the BC government already provided this 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 BC landscape.