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Search and Rescue new member night goes November 18

South Peace Search and Rescue set to host their annual member intake and training night.
The South Peace Search and Rescue team in Dawson Creek for the 2021 Dawson Creek Exhibition parade.

South Peace Search and Rescue is set to welcome a new batch of recruits. The evening is the first in two years for South Peace SAR - going on November 18, when they host their annual member intake and training night. The night is open to anyone interested in seeing what volunteering for search and rescue is all about, as well as some introductory training. 

"We haven't done this for two years because of the pandemic. It's important so that we can maintain our members, and fill positions as people move on," said SP Search and Rescue President Marcel Woodill. 

The introductory and training night goes November 18 in Dawson Creek at 7 p.m., at #7 1405 102 Ave, Room B. 

Joining the search and rescue efforts is no small time commitment. Woodill said online training is required to start out, as well as spending time with the team. After four months of experience, they can take a ground search and rescue course put on by the team, to get them ready for the field. 

"Search and rescue opens the door for other opportunities. You get to see a different take on things, go behind the scenes, and expand your skills. It's not just the training, but getting the experience doing search and rescue calls that's valuable," Woodill said. 

Based out of Pouce Coupe - South Peace Search and Rescue is coming off one of their busier summers, with eight deployments.

"We get 5 to 10 calls per year on average, but having eight deployments this year, whether being out in the field or assisting with searches, was much more than last year."

Woodill said they currently have 20 members, but would like to get up to 40. 

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