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Rescue Volunteers Applauded

Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 6:56 AM

Prince George, B.C. – B.C.’s ground, air and marine search and rescue organizations are recognizing their more than 4,400 volunteers during National Volunteer Week, running today through April 29th.

The volunteers are represented by Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, the BC Search and Rescue Association, and PEP Air.  The three organizations work in partnership to support the federal, provincial and local agencies which call upon volunteers to respond during emergencies.

Across British Columbia, SAR crews are standing by 24 hours a day and collectively respond to more than 2,000 incidents every year in the province, saving many lives. They also engage the public through education programs to help prevent tragedies.

“BC’s highly-skilled SAR volunteers devote more than 280,000 hours every year towards training and missions,” said Chris Kelly, President of the BC Search and Rescue Association. “We are driven by a spirit of volunteerism and are pleased to dedicate our time and knowledge to helping the public.”

“BC’s highly-skilled SAR volunteers devote more than 280,000 hours every year towards training and missions,” said Chris Kelly, President of the BC Search and Rescue Association. “We are driven by a spirit of volunteerism and are pleased to dedicate our time and knowledge to helping the public.”

“National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the tremendous contributions of search and rescue volunteers towards public safety in British Columbia,” said Pat Quealey, CEO of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.

“During National Volunteer Week we are encouraging people to say thanks to their neighbours who volunteer as air, ground and marine rescuers,” said Alton King, Director General of PEP Air.   “Throughout British Columbia they are a powerful force for safety, and they deserve our applause.”

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