Search and Rescue volunteers are just that – unpaid volunteers. In fact because most members donate their meal and mileage reimbursements back to the team, it often costs members over $4 for every hour they spend on an incident. Kent Harrison SAR is just one of over 80 community-based Search and Rescue groups in BC that in total provide a resource of over 2,500 trained volunteers across the province. The operational value of this service alone is worth over $5M to the citizens and visitors to British Columbia. Visit the web site of the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) to learn more.
Kent Harrison Search and Rescue receives annual funding from the Fraser Valley Regional District through a recently-introduced mil-rate. This ensures that many of the fixed costs incurred in maintaining this critical emergency response service are covered. Applications are also submitted each year to the local municipalities for ‘grants-in-aid’, which supplement the mil-rate revenue.
Several other community-based groups have contibuted thousands of dollars over the past, including Agassiz-Harrison Lions, Ladies of the Royal Purple, Elks, Harrison Lake Poker Run Society, as well as private individuals and local businesses.
Funding proposals are often submitted to the British Columbia Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch’s ‘Community Gaming Grant’ program. Several successful projects have also received contributions from the Government of Canada under the National Search and Rescue Secretariat’s ‘New Initiatives Fund’ (NIF). These programs have helped make significant improvements in the team’s capabilities, which in turm result in a better outcome for those in need of our services.
The team occasionally receives donations from subjects’ families, which is very much appreciated.
Any donations are welcome and receive a receipt that is tax-deductable. Please submit to:
Kent Harrison Search and Rescue Team Society, PO Box 747, Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0
Operational Volunteer SAR Groups in BC DO NOT solicit funding by telephone.