The Province is providing over $6.5 million to nearly 145 organizations in the public safety sector and approximately $3.8 million to 120 organizations in the environment sector. Fernie’s Public Safety Sector has been fortunate to receive support.
“These programs have a powerful impact on people in our province, saving lives and protecting our precious natural environment,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our government supports organizations doing this vital work, including increasing the reach of search and rescue operations throughout British Columbia, and increasing environmental awareness and efforts to keep our shorelines and waterways clean.”
“Community Gaming Grants for local search and rescue groups contribute to the safety of outdoor activity around the province,” said Chris Kelly, president, BC Search and Rescue Association. “This important funding goes toward the training of volunteer professionals and the purchase of gear and equipment, along with ongoing operational expenses. Community Gaming Grants assist B.C.’s 80 search and rescue groups to respond to over 1,600 incidents involving missing or injured persons, at no cost to citizens.”
Through public safety programs, non-profit organizations provide emergency and lifesaving services including search and rescue activities, volunteer fire departments, emergency preparedness, community and restorative justice for people in this province.
Fernie’s funding recipients are:
Fernie Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association – $90,000
Elk Valley Air Search and Rescue Association – $4,000
Fernie Volunteer Ski Patrol Society – $6,000