Taking place Sept. 24-25, the BCSARA is holding the first of six regional workshops at the Quality Inn Northern Grand Hotel, which will bring together experts, volunteers, partner agency representatives and stakeholders.
The meeting, taking place from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. both days, will involve discussions on a variety of topics related to search and rescue. Some issues include remote area SAR incidents, occupational health and safety initiatives, past and future challenges and how to help smaller SAR groups to become more sustainable.
The workshop will also discuss the new BCSARA New Initiatives Fund Project, designed to level the SAR playing field. The project will be dedicated to ensuring professional response organization is available to assist lost or injured people in the wilderness regardless of where the incident takes place.
Geraldine Underdown, Executive Director of National Search and Rescue Secretariat says, "the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund provides funds for new projects aimed at improving the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the National Search and Rescue Program in Canada."
The New Initiative Fund was established to provide funding for projects that will enhance SAR in Canada. The Annual $8.1 million fund has financed over 750 projects.
In any given year, B.C. Search and Rescue groups respond to approximately 1000 incidents involving over 1300 injured or missing persons.