B.C. to provide nearly $6 million for search-and-rescue groups

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July 11th, 2023, Saltwire Network.

B.C. search and rescue crews will receive nearly $6 million to support its work offering aid in the backcountry, said the B.C. government.

This year’s funding will be distributed to 78 ground search and rescue groups across the province and will go towards expenses like rescue equipment, training, administration costs like insurance, outdoor education programs and mental-health services for search-and-rescue crews, who are mostly volunteers.

“B.C.’s search and rescue groups are made up of hard-working and dedicated volunteers who provide critical services to people in B.C.,” said Emergency Management Minister Bowinn Ma in a news release issued Tuesday.

“We’re proud to support search and rescue groups, including those helping with on-the-ground wildfire evacuations, by continuing to provide sustainable funding through this first-of-its-kind agreement.”

Read the full article at Saltwire.com.