SEASAR wel­comes prospec­tive vol­un­teers and mem­bers to pub­lic gath­er­ing Sun­day

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY-WEST - JEREMY APPEL jap­pel@medicine­hat­ Twit­ter: MHNJere­myAp­pel NEWS FILE PHOTO The South East Al­berta Search and Re­sponse is host­ing an open house Sun­day for prospec­tive vol­un­teers and mem­bers.

South East Al­berta Search and Re­sponse is hold­ing an open house for prospec­tive vol­un­teers and mem­bers of the pub­lic Sun­day at the air­port main­te­nance build­ing.

SEASAR pres­i­dent Paul Carolan said Sun­day’s open house, which oc­curs be­tween 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., has two pri­mary goals.

“Firstly, just to al­low gen­eral pub­lic and me­dia to come by and see what we’re about, what the equip­ment is (and) what we do. It’s ob­vi­ously been a very busy year, so there are lots of ques­tions out there about what search and res­cue is like lo­cally.

“The sec­ond part — and equally im­por­tant — is the kick­off to our 2017-18 in­take re­cruit­ment drive,” he said.

Those in­ter­ested in work­ing with SEASAR will be pro­vided with an ap­pli­ca­tion af­ter­wards, Carolan added.

SEASAR’s main re­spon­si­bil­ity is to as­sist mu­nic­i­pal and pro­vin­cial au­thor­i­ties with search and res­cue op­er­a­tions upon their re­quest, said Carolan.

Those au­thor­i­ties include lo­cal law en­force­ment, fire de­part­ments, Al­berta Health Ser­vices, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and pro­vin­cial emer­gency man­age­ment.

“That’s why we ex­ist — to serve our com­mu­ni­ties through work­ing with those task agen­cies,” Carolan said.

“(The event) gives peo­ple a chance to get up close and per­sonal ... and ask any ques­tions they have,” he said.

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