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Kamloops Search and Rescue searching for more members

September 20, 2017 - 4:25 PM

KAMLOOPS - As summer winds down, the number of search and rescue members responding to calls is expected to dwindle.

Kamloops Search and Rescue is looking to recruit more members as people get back into their regular routines.

Search manager Alan Hobler says the crew, currently made up of about 35 members, is hoping to add at least 10 more to their roster.

"We definitely could use more members right now," Hobler says. "Summer ends, usually by October the number of people responding to calls goes down."

Hobler says there's a misperception that search and rescue members need to be "super athletes" or extremely outdoorsy, but that's not the case.

What Kamloops Search and Rescue is really looking for is people who are willing to commit to about 200 hours per year, have a passion for helping people, and are excited about joining the crew. 

"We find people from all different walks of life," he says. "It kind of takes a special person... There's a certain adrenaline rush you get when the phone rings at 11 o'clock at night."

Hobler says search and rescue is an important part to communities, filling a gap for emergency responders. He says they're equipped to help in several areas, including missing or overdue people, helping rescue occupants of vehicles down embankments, and searching for injured people in difficult terrain.

To apply for Kamloops Search and Rescue and for more information on the team, go here.

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