$50,000 in grant funding will go to local Search and Rescue groups, courtesy of the Peace River Regional District. Directors voted in favour of the motion at their July 22 board meeting, with the funding being used for capital and operational costs.
$25,273 will go to North Peace Search and Rescue Society, $9,978.14 for the South Peace Emergency Response Team, and $14,748.86 for the Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue Society.
The funds will be used for vehicle insurance, training, and equipment by all three groups.
The funds are annually given out based on need and merit through PRRD’s Search and Rescue Grant Policy.
Fort St John Mayor Lori Ackerman also noted that Team Aeromedical has quietly opened their third base in the region, operating an air ambulance in the Peace.
“They’ve opened their location in Fort St John and can be of a huge assistance to search and rescue,” she commented before directors approved the grants.
Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Alaska Highway News