Arrowsmith SAR hopes to bolster volunteer numbers

By Ian Holmes
November 30, 2018 - 4:20pm Updated: November 30, 2018 - 5:26pm

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue volunteers responding to an injured hiker in September.Arrowsmith Search and Rescue

PARKSVILLE — Arrowsmith Search and Rescue has put the call out for people interested in volunteering for the vital local organization.

President Nick Rivers said ideally they'd like to add 15 to 20 new members to their ranks.

He said Arrowsmith SAR members would acquire the highest level of certification possible.

“The team environment is amazing, working with a group of people so closely you end up as family,” Rivers said. “Everyone in the organization is great, you build lifelong relationships.”

Rivers said they'd like applications to be in by Dec. 5 and formal training underway in February.

He said it will take successful applicants a little over a year to get trained in two main phases.

“It's a group of like-minded individuals coming together to achieve common goals, it's a pretty incredible thing to be apart of.”

Arrowsmith SAR provides ground and inland water search service between Nanoose Bay and Deep Bay, including westward to Mount Arrowsmith.

Arrowsmith SAR volunteer applications are available here.

 

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