Kamloops Search and Rescue looking for new members

By Jill Sperling
October 30, 2016 - 3:44pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops Search and Rescue is looking for new recruits. 

Volunteer Search Manager, Alan Hobler says their numbers are dwindling, and they need more dedicated members. 

He says people don't always realize how big of a time commitment KSAR can be. 

"Usually there's a lot of interest, a lot of people are attracted to search and rescue but don't fully appreciate the amount of commitment it requires," Hobler said. "Usually we end up either screening those people out, or sometimes we bring them on and then down the road they realize just how much of a commitment it is."

Hobler says they need 10-15 Ground Search and Rescue team members, 2-3 members to provide computer, GIS, and IT support, and one or two members to work in administrative roles.

The Ground Search and Rescue team members will be required to put in about 200 volunteer hours a year. 

"We also expect them to come out on call-outs," Hobler said. "Call-outs can happen any time of day or night and in any weather condition. Typically we get calls anywhere from 11 p.m. to about 2, 3, sometimes 4 a.m. so it's very inconvenient but we need those members who are going to respond at those times." 

Hobler says Ground Search and Rescue team members will go through a 110 hour training course. 

Application information is available on the KSAR website. 

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