Public support needed for Vernon Search and Rescue

By Tom Mark / KISS FM Vernon
November 22, 2017 - 4:18pm

VERNON, B.C. — Vernon Search and Rescue could use some help in obtaining a new piece of equipment.

The organization has entered a contest to win a special side-by-side ATV that would help in rescues.

“It’s bigger than a normal quad. It’s big enough that we can haul equipment with it and carry a patient in a stretcher and all that kind of stuff. KIOTI is giving this thing away and the way to win it is for the group to submit a video which we did and people vote on it.”

Pearson says having this would enhance their operations tremendously.

“It would just allow us to ferry equipment in and out of a site. It would allow us to carry a patient in a stretcher, speed things up a whole bunch. We could ferry personnel in and out of a search area, which now we’re doing on foot.”

The machine costs about 20 thousand dollars and is something the all-volunteer team can’t afford.

“It’s a lot of money and we’ve sort of been looking for several years now to purchase one but could never afford it. This opportunity came up so we thought let’s go for it and see if we can pull this off.”

You can help by going to Vernon Search and Rescue’s Facebook page and clicking on the link to the contest and vote on the team’s video.

The team has about 400 votes so far, but it’s behind the front running team by about 300 votes.

The contest ends December 1st.

The rescue team also recently acquired a large snowmobile, a Yamaha Viking Professional, to help with rescues.

Leigh Pearson says it’s designed for towing a trailer or skimmer behind it on trails.

He says it’s too big to go off trail but would be used on trails to tow a skimmer with a patient on it or haul equipment up to a mountain.

Pearson says it can do work the team’s smaller sleds can’t do well.

Enderby Lions Club donated funds to help purchase it and Vernon Motorsports helped equip and deliver it.

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