Arrowsmith Search and Rescue (ASAR) has re-calibrated its “Rescue Ready” campaign to replace two initial response vehicles.
The campaign originally set out to replace one vehicle, but since an initial response vehicle was written off in a December snowstorm accident, funds will be raised to replace two.
Fortunately the driver didn’t sustain serious injuries, according to a news release by ASAR.
“With just over $42,000 raised so far, we were able to purchase a 2017 Durango in good shape and expect to get it fully equipped with lights, siren, decals and storage for a total of $50,000,” the release read.
The campaign’s goal will remain at $100,000, to purchase two vehicles.
The initial response vehicles are part of the reason ASAR has sped up its response times over the past decade or so. They are available for quick access and equipped to begin setup for numerous rescue scenarios.
“As a volunteer emergency service organization with limited government support we are always searching for ways to provide professional response in a fiscally responsible way,” the release said.
ASAR’s new operations centre, at the Qualicum Beach Airport, has already facilitated both regional and provincial training, according to the release.
Community support has enabled ASAR to reduce its mortgage from $500,000 to less than $180,000, while still being able to train and equip members to respond to all calls.
“The ASAR Board has set a goal to pay off the remaining mortgage within five years which will place us in a strong financial position for the future,” the release read.
The community recently lost two outstanding members, with the passing of Lou Biggeman (first President of Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Society) and Art Skipsey (former Mayor of Qualicum Beach).
“Both families have requested in their respective obituaries to donate to ASAR instead of flowers, which is very much appreciated,” the release read. “Both men will be greatly missed.”
Donations can be made to ASAR by visiting its website and clicking the “Donate Now” button.
— NEWS Staff, submitted