About the Avalon North Wolverines Search and Rescue team:
• 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.