In January, the Province of BC announced $10 million in funding for the
British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) as further support for the local ground search and rescue (GSAR) volunteer groups across the province. PEMO (Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization) SAR (Search and Rescue) provides ground search and rescue service coverage of Sidney, Central Saanich and North Saanich and surrounding areas of the peninsula will receive approximately $54,660.00 over the next two years to further bolster its capabilities.
PEMO SAR intends to use these funds for items such as GPS, radios, helmets, stretchers and a new generator. New mapping/GIS software and laptops will be purchased and funds will be apportioned for more First Aid courses and Incident Command upgrades and training.
Sidney Fire Chief and administrative director for the Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization Brett Mikkelsen knows this funding will bolster PEMO SAR’s capabilities. “Our PEMO SAR volunteers provide essential GSAR capabilities in both urban and wilderness environments. This influx of funding will not only allow for replacement of worn equipment but also permit investment in new gear and training further expanding PEMO SAR’s capabilities”.
The PEMO SAR team is a dedicated team made up of approximately 30 volunteers. These volunteers put in on average 100+ hours on an annual basis. To date PEMO SAR has attended 15 call outs in 2016 in addition to minimum training sessions.
For more information visit PEMO Search and Rescue or the Sidney Fire Department.
Brett Mikkelsen, Fire Chief