About the Avalon North Wolver­ines Search and Res­cue team:

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• Es­tab­lished — 1984; • Lo­ca­tion — 12 Sta­tion Road, Bay Roberts • Man­date — to carry out ground and in­land water searches, un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the RCMP, in ar­eas such as Con­cep­tion Bay North, Trin­ity South, Pla­cen­tia Bay and St. Mary’s Bay; also as­sists po­lice with ev­i­dence searches and other emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, in­clud­ing the re­cov­ery of drown­ing vic­tims. • Mem­ber­ship — ages 18 and over; • Not just a boys’ club — about a dozen mem­bers are fe­male; • What’s in a name — the team is named af­ter the wolver­ine, which is the largest land- dwelling mem­ber of the weasel fam­ily. The wolver­ine has a rep­u­ta­tion for fe­roc­ity and strength out of pro­por­tion to its size. It’s be­cause of this rep­u­ta­tion for per­se­ver­ance that the team se­lected the wolver­ine. • Go­ing be­yond — the team of­fers safe boat­ing pro­grams in schools, and pro­vides cour­tesy boat in­spec­tions. The team of­fers cour­ses for boaters to qual­ify for their op­er­a­tors com­pe­tency card. Mem­bers can also be spot­ted pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity at fes­ti­vals and other com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, and de­liver a safety pro­gram called HugA-tree, which ed­u­cates young peo­ple on the dos and don’ts of out­door sur­vival. • Um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion — is a mem­ber of the New­found­land and Labrador Search and Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion (NLSARA), which is com­prised of 27 teams from across New­found­land and Labrador, and is made up of 1,000-plus vol­un­teers. The teams respond to roughly 100 mis­sions an­nu­ally, re­quir­ing thou­sands of hours of vol­un­teer time.

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