Search and Rescue hunting for new recruits

Recruits will have backcountry knowledge, be physically fit, team player and have time to commit to giving back to their community.

The Central Okanagan Search & Rescue Society is accepting applications for new recruits.

Candidates must have time to commit to the team, be dedicated to long-term learning, possess backcountry knowledge, are physically fit, and have a desire to work in a team environment. Joining COSAR means bringing forth a strong commitment to service.

“We have received numerous outstanding applications so far,” said COSAR president Ephraim Nowak, “but we are encouraging anyone who may be interested in volunteering to apply.”

Applications will be accepted until the end of November.

COSAR will be on hand at the Banner Recreation and Marine in Kelowna on Thursday, Nov. 17 and is encouraging interested applicants to come meet the team and see some of their equipment. The event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m.

COSAR attends an average of 50 tasks per year, ranging from medical rescues in the backcountry to searching for missing persons, as well as providing assistance during civil emergencies. The team works in cooperation with the RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, local fire departments and other agencies, and is one of approximately 80 SAR groups in B.C.

New members complete the provincial Ground Search and Rescue course, which covers navigation, survival, communications and search methods. The basics of rope rescue, tracking, helicopter safety and avalanche orientation are also introduced.

Details and an application form can be found on the COSAR website (http://cosar.ca/content/apply-now). Interested candidates can also find the latest updates on COSAR’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CentralOkanaganSAR/).