Central Okanagan Search & Rescue searches for volunteers
Contributed/Central Okanagan Search and Rescue
November 15, 2016 - 2:32 PM
The Central Okanagan Search & Rescue Society opened their recruitment cycle for new members last month, and is still accepting applications from interested candidates.
“We have received numerous outstanding applications so far,” says COSAR president Ephraim Nowak, “but we are encouraging anyone who may be interested in volunteering to apply.” Applications will be accepted until the end of the month.
COSAR will be on hand at the Banner Recreation & Marine public open house in Kelowna on Thursday, November 17th and is encouraging interested applicants to come meet the team and see some of their equipment. The event takes place from 5 – 9 PM.
COSAR attends an average of 50 tasks per year, ranging from medical rescues in the backcountry to searching for missing persons, as well as providing assistance during civil emergencies. The team works in cooperation with the RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, local fire departments and other agencies, and is one of approximately 80 SAR groups in BC.
They are looking for interested candidates who have time available to commit to the team, are dedicated to long-term learning, possess backcountry knowledge, are physically fit, and have a desire to work in a team environment. Joining COSAR means bringing forth a strong commitment to service. If you feel that you are a good candidate with a can-do attitude, and most of all want to give back to the community, please submit an application.
New members will complete the provincial Ground Search and Rescue course, which covers topics such as navigation, survival, communications and search methods. The basics of rope rescue, tracking, helicopter safety and avalanche orientation are also introduced.
Details and an application form can be found on the COSAR website. Interested candidates can also find the latest updates on COSAR’s Facebook page.
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