Posted by Rick Taylor on Jul 12, 2018

Jeremy Vandekerkhove is a member of the Vernon Search & Rescue Helicopter Winch Program. He attended our meeting today to speak about the program, the funding provided for it, the training each member receives and the types of calls they respond to.  They currently have about 65 volunteer members that are on call 24 hours a day.  They are kept busy with an average of over 80 tasks annually, equivalent to an average of some 6,900 man-hours annually, excluding training or administration.  Their tasks include such things as searching for lost or missing persons, rescue operations, evidence searches, body recovery and emergency evacuations.  There is much more information about this program and the volunteers at their website - https://vernonsar.ca/article/who-we-are  

Club President Ryan Fairburn is on he left in this photo with Jeremy and Rotary Member Vicki Topping. 
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