Bad­lands Search and Res­cue seeks vol­un­teers

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Kyle Smylie

Bad­lands Search and Res­cue is in need of vol­un­teers and will be hold­ing a re­cruit­ing ses­sion in Strath­more late April.

Bad­lands Search and Res­cue (BSAR) is a non-profit or­gani- za­tion head­quar­tered in Rockyford that pro­vides search and res­cue ser­vices to Wheat­land, Star­land, and Knee­hill Coun­ties and sur­round­ing ar­eas, in­clud­ing Drumheller. When mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties or law en­force­ment are in need of ex­tra as­sis­tance in cases re­quir­ing re­sponse to miss­ing, lost, in- ju­red, or stranded peo­ple, they will con­tact vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tions like BSAR. Pres­i­dent and founder Scott Camp­bell told The Mail BSAR is pri­mar­ily look­ing for in­di­vid­u­als for ground search and evacs, but are also look­ing for in­di­vid­u­als to fill ad­min­is­tra­tive roles such as work­ing with the board, fundrais­ing, re­cruit­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, and run­ning so­cial me­dia.

“We’re look­ing for com­mit­ted in­di­vid­u­als with a de­gree of men­tal tough­ness,” he said, cit­ing the re­cent case of Chase Martens, the Man­i­toba tod­dler who was found de­ceased in a creek.

“But we are will­ing to work with peo­ple’s strengths and weak­nesses in or­der to train and de­velop mem­bers,” Camp­bell said, adding that ac­cred­ited train­ing is pro­vided free to mem­bers on a monthly ba­sis.

“Our big fo­cus is for in­di­vid­u­als to get out there on the ground and pound the bush in search and res­cue.”

Drumheller RCMP did con­tact BSAR twice for searches last year, but quickly called them down be­cause the miss­ing per­son had for­tu­nately been found.

The BSAR Re­cruit­ing Ses­sion will be held on Satur­day, April 23 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Strath­more Fire­hall. More in­for­ma­tion can be found on­line at www.bad­land­searchan­dres­cue.com, or by call­ing BSAR at 403-324-3537.

Our big­gest fo­cus is for in­di­vid­u­als to get out there on the ground and pound the bush in search and res­cue.” Scott Camp­bell

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Bad­lands Search and Res­cue is hold­ing a re­cruit­ing ses­sion on Satur­day, April 23 at the Strath­more Fire­hall. They are pri­mar­ily look­ing to fill ground search and res­cue roles, but also are look­ing for back­ground vol­un­teers to as­sist in ad­min­is­tra­tion roles.

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