Agassiz Rod and Gun Club’s treasurer

Local Search And Rescue volunteers kept busy

Brief updates from Kent Harrison Search and Rescue

On November 18th the Agassiz Rod and Gun Club’s treasurer, John Hansen, presented the team with a cheque for $1,000. The donation came from funds raised during recent shooting competitions and events. This is the second time the Rod and Gun Club have donated $1,000 to Kent Harrison SAR. The volunteers very much appreciate the club’s support.

Kent Harrison Search and Rescue volunteers spent two days assisting Hope Search and Rescue with the recovery of the driver involved in a logging truck accident north of Hope. Although the incident occurred on November 17th, crews were not able to access the site until deemed safe to do so by a geotechnical engineer. Kent Harrison SAR members provided site safety and oversight while a mini excavator was flown in by helicopter to remove debris in order to release the subject from the remains of the cab. In all, SAR volunteers from Hope, Chilliwack and Kent Harrison SAR participated in the difficult recovery which brought closure for the family and friends of the deceased.

A recent membership drive has resulted in seven new members joining the team. They are currently going through basic training which involves the 72-hour GSAR course developed by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). Work continues on the new SAR building project, with a planned completion date of September 2016.

Extensive marine training is scheduled for February to ensure SAR volunteers meet the Transport Canada crewing regulations for the 38’ Harrison Osprey. Many of the team have already completed their Marine Emergency Duties (MED-A3) and Radio Operator (marine) course, but the 4-day Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) course remains outstanding before the vessel can be put into service next spring.

For more information on volunteer ground and inland water search and rescue in British Columbia, please visit www.bcsara.com.