DAWSON CREEK – The South Peace Emergency Response Team has received $35,534.10 and the Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue Team has received $25,000 from the B.C. government.

The funding comes from the B.C. government’s $10-million in one-time funding commitments to the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) to help bolster training, administrative support and equipment renewals for these critical public safety lifeline volunteers.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to our troops of tirelessly dedicated search and rescue volunteers. They work in complex terrain and challenging environments,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said.

The $10 million in BCSARA funding will take place over a two-year period, based on the proposed Alternative Support Model that was supported by its members. Funding allocations are given according to the needs of the local ground search and rescue teams to replace or update equipment, provide administrative support and pay for new or additional training.

This investment builds on the $6.3 million the B.C. government is already providing each 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 B.C. landscape.

Learn more BCSARA at www.bcsara.com/.