Waterville airport closure not expected to affect Valley Search and Rescue

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VSAR in negotiations for a new home

VSAR spokesman Fred Bond

The planned shutdown of the Waterville airport shouldn’t affect operations of Valley Search and Rescue.

Spokesperson Fred Bond said the VSAR, which has been headquartered at the airport facility since the 1970s, has been looking to re-locate for some time and is currently negotiating for a new space to call home.

“We are not too worried (about the closure)," said Bond, who confirmed the organization wasn’t consulted by the county before it made its recent decision to close the airport to allow for potential expansion of the nearby Michelin plant.

Bond said VSAR is seeking a new location that will better suit its needs.

“Currently, our vehicles are stored out of doors and we want a place where they can be under cover. This will be better for our equipment and lead to a faster response times,” for volunteers, added Bond.

He declined to identify the location under consideration, but indicated it will be “a little bit further away,” from Cambridge.

Bond said the move could happen as early as the end of 2014, but would most likely take place in 2015.

 

Geographic location: Cambridge

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