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RCMP appreciate search and rescue’s assistance

Nanaimo RCMP Supt. Mark Fisher, right, presents an award Tuesday night to Kevin McNeill, Nanaimo Search and Rescue search manager, recognizing the assistance the non-profit group has provided to the RCMP.  - KARL YU/The News Bulletin
Nanaimo RCMP Supt. Mark Fisher, right, presents an award Tuesday night to Kevin McNeill, Nanaimo Search and Rescue search manager, recognizing the assistance the non-profit group has provided to the RCMP.
— image credit: KARL YU/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo Search and Rescue was given kudos last week for its hard work and contributions in assisting the RCMP.

The Nanaimo detachment has an awards program that recognizes community members that are of great assistance and Supt. Mark Fisher presented members with a plaque of appreciation.

He said the instances of the non-profit organization lending a hand are numerous, pointing to a recent search for a missing canoeist at Second Lake and high-priority missing children cases as examples.

“I think some of the more interesting ones sometimes too that they get involved in are in the more remote and rural areas where they themselves, and I don’t know that the public fully understands this, is some of the risk they put themselves in when you get into very difficult terrain or very isolated areas, trying to do a prolonged search or something of that nature,” Fisher said.

Search manager Kevin McNeill said the recognition was a great thing for the group as it puts in a lot of hard work.

“Most of these folks put in 200, 300 hours a year just in training, not just in operations, so for them to get this recognition is just tremendous,” McNeill said.

For more information about Nanaimo Search and Rescue, please visit www.nanaimosar.bc.ca.

reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

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