NVSAR finds new home

The Nechako Valley Search and Rescue found a new home where the team will have an office, training area and place to store vehicles

The NVSAR found a new place to call home on Burrard Street in Vanderhoof

Vanderhoof residents can breath a sigh of relief knowing their search and rescue team will once again be close by in a new location downtown.

The District of Vanderhoof has agreed to lease the old cadet building on Burrard to the Nechako Valley Search and Rescue. Chris Mushumanski, president of NVSAR, is happy to finally have three separate locations moved into one.

“Right now the NVSAR has our office, rescue vehicles, and training spot all in separate locations,” said Mr. Mushumanski. “Imagine if the police had their vehicles at the hospital and office at the firehall, it would make for a slow response time.”

The plan is to update the entire floor plan of the building which includes making the bathrooms wheelchair accessible. Additional office space and training spaces are also being looked at, along with a kitchenette so when the team has multiple-day training courses they can have lunch and snacks. The two large garages at the back of the property are planned for demolition so that one new, much larger garage can be put in.

“Currently our vehicles are not covered and after a long snowfall we have to dig them out. It would be very helpful to have a covered storage so vehicles are not exposed to the elements. Heat will also help with electronic equipment and anything that is cold sensitive,” said Mr. Mushumanski.

The soon-to-be home of NVSAR has sat vacant for years due to extensive issues with the buildings heating system. The rescue team approached the District with $10,000 but part of the reason the District agreed to the ten-year lease is the groups ability to apply for grants that other groups may not fit under.

The DOV still has $16,000 left in the 2014 budget allocated to the building’s repairs and renovations so, coupled with NVSAR’s promise of plausible funding, it just made sense said Mr. Mushumanski.

“The first grant we’re applying for is improving energy efficiency which will allow us to get the heating replaced so we can start meeting there,” said Mr. Mushumanski.

Currently there are 22 active members, 28 associate members and 12 new members who have just started training. The group has been without a building since the old location by Ferland Park was condemned. Ever since, the team has worked in partnership with the firehall but, simply put, we need more space, said Mr. Mushuminski.

“Our group is growing. We need this larger facility to accommodate that. As we grow we need more training more frequently,” he said. The rescue team has their eye on four different grants and are hopeful for widespread community support. The hope is to have the building fully functional by next spring.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the NVSAR is always welcome. Training dates will soon become more frequent and anyone interested can email Chris Muchumanski at cjmushski@gmail.com.

 

Just Posted

Couple selling fake jewelry in Fraser Lake, say RCMP

A man and woman have been defrauding local residents, offering fake jewelry for sale

Gitxsan forming cross-sector salmon management team

Nation again declares closure of fishery in territory for 2019

Editorial: The Speaker shouldn’t be an MLA

Time to re-evaluate the Speaker position

Column: condition of cows after winter feeding

The protein content of winter feed is important, says rancher David Zirnhelt

Concept designs for Vanderhoof’s new CNC campus unveiled

Community was invited to provide feedback at a public engagement session Dec. 6

VIDEO: Close encounter with a whale near Canada-U.S border

Ron Gillies had his camera ready when a whale appeared Dec. 7

France shooting: 2 dead, several wounded in Strasbourg

A world-famous Christmas market was put on lock down on Tuesday

Canadian warship witnesses possible violations of North Korea sanctions

Crew members on HMCS Calgary took photos and collected other information

Christine Sinclair named Canadian Women’s player of the year again

This is the 14th time Sinclair has been named player of the year

B.C. man wants trapping laws changed after dog killed

Louis Seguin’s 10-month-old Australian shepherd died in a body-gripping trap last month

Nearly 8,000 homeless in B.C., first province-wide count reveals

Twenty-four seperate counts in B.C. cities found there are thousands of homeless in all corners of province

UPDATE: B.C. judge grants $10M bail for Huawei executive wanted by U.S.

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Famous giant tortoise DNA may hold fountain of youth: UCBO

After Lonesome George’s death he still provides clues to longer life

Oogie Boogie, Sandy Claws and coffin sleigh part of B.C. couple’s holiday display

Chilliwack couple decorates their house for the holidays using Nightmare Before Christmas theme

Most Read