Local search and rescue putting in the hours

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue members put in more than 3,000 hours of training in the 2013 calendar year.

That statistic, which does not include meetings or volunteering at local events, was determined on Tuesday May 13 at ASAR’s Annual General Meeting.

According to a news release issued by ASAR, last year they were called out to a total of 23 responses totaling over 1,450 hours of teamwork — nine searches, three rescues, one recovery, one stand-down, and nine mutual aid responses to help other groups on the island.

"The group would like to congratulate Ken Neden, who was awarded a lifetime membership at the meeting," stated the release. "Ken has been volunteering with ASAR for 40 years, and not only is a highly skilled leader within the group but has also served as the president of ASAR for many years."

Additionally, the position of president was awarded to Nick Rivers, whose first challenge is to help the group work towards purchasing a long-overdue replacement for their equipment vehicle.

"The group would like to thank all of the organizations and citizens from the area who help them raise funds to keep ASAR operational," read the release.

— Submitted By ASAR

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