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As a non-profit community service, BVSAR relies on donations and support from individuals and businesses in the communities we serve. Every donation directly helps us help those in need. All donations are secure and tax deductible, and if you wish, anonymous. If you would prefer to donate offline, we also accept cheques. Please contact us here.

BVSAR BUILDING
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New Operations Base

Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue is building a new training and operations facility. When a search and rescue (SAR) call takes place, many gears start turning in our organization. Operations take place, including conference calls, equipment gathering (both personal and team gear), briefings, and deployment. Depending on the nature of the callout, we may be able to provide the manpower to complete the operation ourselves, or we may request support from neighboring SAR teams to assist.

 

When these events take place, our lack of a single building to operate from is felt. Currently, our gear is spread out over 2 main locations, with our motorized equipment separate from our briefing location. This adds unnecessary time to our responses. To have everything under one roof would be a huge asset in efficiency for our deployments.

 

For over 30 years, BVSAR has been supported by a host of community members, organizations, and companies. The Town of Smithers and the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako have been instrumental in furthering the growth of our SAR team. This support and the expansion of our team have led to us being able to erect a facility to house our operations. However, we are only midway through the building process.

 

With the project breaking ground in 2017, we now have the building up securely, but without insulation or interior finish. Upcoming procurement and installation steps that still need attention are:

 

Insulation

Drywall

Equipment storage

Kitchen

Wall finish

Ceiling finish

Electrical finish

Office

Interior trim

Paving of the parking lot

 

While the funding from the community and provincial sources has brought us to where we are today, we are still about halfway to our target.

 

If you are interested in supporting this project, please visit our GoFundMe page, or contact us at info@bvsar.com

 

Any support offered is appreciated and will help reduce the volunteer load of our organization. For example, since 2018, our team members have logged over 12,000 hours towards training, callouts, and the development of our team. This year (2021) alone, despite the challenges COVID has brought to us, we have logged over 1,000 hours from January to April.

 

Thank you for your support. 

 

 

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