One Search and Rescue group is recognized

EMBC still looking into SAR in Kimberley, but currently recognizes one group

Last week the Daily Bulletin reported on a Council meeting where the status of the Kimberley Search and Rescue group was discussed.

Council received a letter from one of two groups seeking to be sanctioned as Kimberley Search and Rescue, asking for access to the group’s vehicles and equipment. Council decided to seek advice from Emergency Management B.C. (EMBC) and has now received some.

EMBC is still looking into what it calls “challenges” within the membership, but cleared up the matter of who is currently recognized.

Andrew Morrison, Regional Manager, Southwest Region, sent this message to the City, forwarded from EMBC.

“It has been brought to our attention that there have been some challenges within the membership of the Kimberley SAR group and that a second Search and Rescue group is in the processes of forming in the Kimberley area.

“While we are looking into these challenges, we would like to advise your organization that the Kimberley Search and Rescue group currently referred to as KSAR are recognized by Emergency Management BC (EMBC) and when requested by a tasking agency, EMBC will contact KSAR to search for and or rescue missing/injured persons.

For clarification the President of the Kimberly Search and  Rescue group that we currently recognize is,  John Stacewicz.