Surrey MLAs Stephanie Cadieux

Surrey MLAs Stephanie Cadieux

Funding boost for Surrey Search and Rescue

Surrey Search and Rescue Society is to receive a nearly $70,000 boost, thanks to recent provincial funding.

Surrey Search and Rescue Society is to receive a nearly $70,000 boost, thanks to recent provincial funding.

According to a June 6 news release, the grant – $69, 441.76 – is part of $10 million in one-time funding commitments to the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA).

Exactly how the Surrey team will use the funds has not been determined, Surrey Search and Rescue president Don Burgess said in the release.

“It takes some of the fundraising pressure off and lets us concentrate on training and responding to calls in the communities that we are proud to serve.”

The $10 million in funding is to take place over a two-year period, with allocations based on 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.