Kent-Harrison Search and Rescue volunteers had a quieter year in 2022 when compared to the record-setting 78 incidents in 2021.
According to a recently-released yearly recap from KHSAR, volunteers responded to 58 calls in 2022, or roughly 1.1 calls per week on average. They responded to 78 calls in 2021, which would have averaged about 1.5 calls per week.
Despite the lower volume of calls, volunteers spent more collective hours in 2022 due in part to the increased availability of technical Search and Rescue training thanks to the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions. In total, volunteers logged 7,112 hours, 2,210 which were spent on incident responses,3,514 on training and 1,388 on maintenance and administration. ‘
KHSAR’s funding primarily comes through the provincial government and is partially funded by the Fraser Valley Regional District and portions of the boat launch fees in Harrison Hot Springs. Volunteers are waiting on news from the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch concerning a major grant that would replace a 20-year-old rescue truck.
KHSAR recruited six new members in 2021; these new members spent most of last year completing a Search and Rescue course among other training requirements. There is currently a call for more volunteers.
“Kent Harrison Search and Rescue is grateful for the support of our families, who are often left ‘holding the fort’ while their loved ones answer the call,” the organization stated. “Thank you to all our tasking agencies and local and provincial governments who support us and respect the commitment we give to the community.”
To learn how to volunteer or other ways you can help, visit khsar.ca.