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Posted: June 26, 2021

Elkford Search and Rescue finds new home

After many years of shared accommodations, Elkford Search and Rescue (ESAR) has found a new home.

With the changes to search and rescue funding through the Province of B.C.’s sustainable funding model, annual grant funding from the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK), and District of Elkford support over the years, ESAR has found it possible to purchase a new-to-them building.

The property is at 222 Alpine Way in Elkford. The team took possession of the building on June 15.

The team is currently reviewing what all needs to be done to the building to make it the most functional for their purposes. A planning team will be putting together recommendations on how to move forward to get it in the shape that will work best. Once a plan is in place, the work will begin. We hope to be able to move into the location in the fall. There is some work to be done to get it where we can operate out of the location, but team members are excited to help get this project done.

For many years, Search and Rescue has been operating out of a shared space (double garage behind the firehall) with Emergency Social Services that is owned by the District of Elkford.

This move will allow the team to move ahead in their endeavours to train, operate and take pride in something they all believe in. If you see us out there at 222 Alpine Way, stop in and say Hi, learn about what we do, maybe even join us. We are a volunteer organization that is trained to do just what our name says “Search” and “Rescue” those that need out help in the surrounding back country.

For more information, please contact us @ [email protected] or through our Facebook page: Elkford Search and Rescue

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ESAR Team


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