Like so many organizations, Kaslo Search and Rescue recently resorted to an online Christmas gathering to, well frankly, relax a little and celebrate the recognition of some members for outstanding contributions.
For a region with a population of not much more than a thousand people, the local Search and Rescue agency did as many searches and rescues as Central Okanagan Search and Rescue did in 2019 which serves a region of 160,000 people.
While 2020 moved at a frenetic pace it appears already as though 2021 is on track to increase the workload for the local volunteer group with 5 call outs already since January 30 2021.
It is for this reason the organization is very thankful for the support of Angry Hen Brewing, Kaslo Building Supplies, Kaslo Pharmacy, Rally4Life and Stellar Heli-Skiing who have sponsored the awards for several years.
The individuals recognized for the awards were: Robyn and Glen Skobalski, Kevin Connor, Chris Cullen, Jana Poborilova, Hayley Walker.
For volunteers to commit enough time to be trained to the pinnacle of professional discipline is outstanding and each and every person involved in the organization plays a critical role in keeping locals and visitors to the region safe when things sometimes don’t work out as planned.
Broader community support comes from Area D, Village of Kaslo, BC Community Gaming Grants and Columbia Basin Trust.
Kaslo Search and Rescue would like to thank the local communities and businesses for their support and at the same time to remind you that no matter what outdoor activity you are planning, be prepared. Follow the three Ts — trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. www.adventuresmart.ca is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.
If you are interested in applying to volunteer for Kaslo Search and Rescue visit our Facebook page or website kaslosar.com and send a message to our admin team.