With a little help from the Columbia Basin Trust, the Golden and District Search and Rescue has been able to secure their headquarters, formerly a hanger building, at 210 Fisher Road.
Golden and District Search and Rescue would like to thank the Columbia Basin Trust for their significant financial support that has allowed our organization to continue to provide search and rescue services to our community.
“The continued support of the CBT has allowed us to make substantial headway into purchasing a permanent base of operations and has provided us with funding to renovate the property to better suit our operations ” said Shauna Speers, GADSAR president.
Through its community initiatives program, the CBT offered $93,279 to GADSAR, $60,000 of which went to purchase the building.
The rest of the money went to renovations and fencing.
The project started in June, and just wrapped up in mid-October.
“It’s really great for us, now that we won’t be paying rent. And the location is perfect,” said GADSAR member Cody Hoy.
GADSAR was formed in 1965 and is the Golden and Area A’s sole provider of mountain rescue, avalanche rescue, swift water rescue, ice rescue, back country medical rescue, and missing persons.
In addition to these services they are currently providing road rescue services outside of the town of Golden boundaries to the summit of Rogers pass, west to the Yoho National Park boundary gate, and south to Spillimacheen.
The entirely volunteer-run organization has roughly 25 members, all of whom donate their time on a weekly basis.
The funding they have received from the CBT has allowed them to make a major down payment on the principal value of their base of operations which, once paid off, will provide them with a permanent home for the future.
“They’ve been so great,” said Hoy. “We can’t thank them enough.”
In addition, this funding has made it possible for GADSAR to continue to provide the high level of service that is expected of them. The location of this new facility has been a vast improvement to the group as they have been able to remove duplicate sets of gear, and be closer to a key rescue partner, Alpine Helicopters. These benefits will hopefully lead to faster and smoother responses to emergencies due to a more streamlined response process.
Golden and District Search and Rescue gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Columbia Basin Trust which delivers social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin.
For more information contact: Shauna Speers, President, Golden and District Search and Rescue at 1-250-439-9637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.