Remember fallen SAR techs

Today is about pausing to think about the volunteers who risk their lives to save others.

March 1, 2018, is Search and Rescue Volunteer Memorial Day.

"To the volunteers and their families who regularly put their lives on hold to support this vital service, thank you." 

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Emergency Preparedness Mike Farnworth made a public statement.  "Your contribution to the safety of all British Columbians is immeasurable, and our support for B.C.'s search and rescue organizations and volunteers is unwavering."

The BC Search and Rescue Association represent 80 Search and Rescue groups in British Columbia, consisting of over 2500 volunteers.

The 2500 unpaid professional volunteers are called to more than 1600 incidents involving over 2100 missing, lost or injured persons every year.

Farnworth stated: "Today, we honour the search and rescue volunteers who lost their lives while working to save others. We owe them an immense debt of gratitude, and we will continue to take inspiration from their bravery and selflessness."

Last year a memorial with a list of fallen volunteers was unveiled in Victoria. 

"They make great sacrifices, and sometimes, they make the ultimate sacrifice," Farnworth stated. 

"Day in, day out, these volunteers willingly head into British Columbia's rugged wilderness, plunge into frigid waters or provide aerial support to assist perfect strangers. They invest time and energy in training, and they stand ready to deploy at a moment's notice and put themselves in harm's way."

Adding, "on this Search and Rescue Volunteer Memorial Day, I encourage all British Columbians to join me in honouring those who serve and those who have lost their lives."

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