B.C. government promises more funding for search and rescue crews
|globalnews.ca 23 Mar 2019 at 10:40|
Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth is making the announcement in Coquitlam alongside Chris Kelly, president of the B.C. Search and Rescue Association, and various search and rescue volunteers from around B.C.
Search and rescue crews have regularly requested additional funding to allow for more staffing and equipment to manage the number of rescues from trails and backcountry areas, which has been growing over the past few years.
The announcement comes despite search and rescue crews being largely left out of the new spending promises outlined in the latest provincial budget.
At the time the budget was announced in February, the B.C. Search and Rescue Association had been hoping for $6 million in funding.