NORTH VANCOUVER – Today North Shore MLAs announced $100,000 in funding for North Shore Rescue. The investment is part of the Province’s $10-million, one-time funding commitment to the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) to bolster training, administrative support and equipment renewals for these critical public safety volunteers.
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, as well as training and equipment costs and insurance and liability for members of the 80 groups serving across the province.