Search and rescue organizations in the region have received more than $148,000 in provincial funding.
The funding is part of the province’s $10-million in one-time funding commitments to the B.C. Search and Rescue Association.
Penticton and District Search and Rescue, which also serves Summerland, received $92,367.20.
Oliver-Osoyoos Search and Rescue received $31,391.57 and Keremeos Search and Rescue received $25,000.
“We depend on search and rescue volunteers to be a lifeline whenever and wherever they’re needed,” said Dan Ashton, MLA for the riding of Penticton. “They give their spare time to venture out in extreme conditions, and this funding will allow these organizations to expand and update their services and equipment.”
The money will go towards training for technical search and rescue responses, personal protective equipment and other equipment.