Mission Search and Rescue held a graduation ceremony for its newest members. / Submitted Photo

MSAR welcomes new graduates

The members have completed a six month ground search and rescue (GSAR) course.

Mission Search and Rescue recently hosted a graduation ceremony for four new members. The event was attended by proud family and friends.

The ground search and rescue (GSAR) course which is administered by the Justice Institute of BC is six months in duration and involves creating competencies in skills such as search techniques, first aid, and navigation.

This is the first level for any Mission SAR member and consists of both written and practical examinations.

MSAR congratulates these four members on their dedication and commitment to the team and to the District of Mission. All members are 100 per cent volunteer and on call 24/7.

Recognition was also handed out to members who completed certifications in rope rescue, swift water rescue, ground search team leader, GSAR instructor, SAR manager, and track aware.

Also in attendance to congratulate the new members was Insp. Annette Fellner of the Mission RCMP Detachment and Sandy Miller, Regional Manager of Emergency Management BC (EMBC).

Recruiting for the next class starts in August.