Kings County search and rescue group making council rounds

Nancy Kelly
Published on July 17, 2014

VSAR working towards construction of new headquarters

Officials with Valley Search and Rescue continued their rounds of local councils July 15 with a stop at Berwick town council chambers.

The organization is currently reaching out to Kings County council and town councils in Wolfville, Kentville and Berwick to raise funds for its new headquarters. VSAR is a 100 per cent volunteer organization, responsible for all ground search and rescue events within King's County.

VSAR spokesman Fred Bond said the new building, which members hope to have up and running by the fall of 2015, is being planned for land near the Waterville fire hall. The building is expected to cost upwards of $1.2 million to construct.

Bond explained VSAR is seeking contributions from the four Kings County municipalities based on their individual area rates. The suggested contribution from Berwick, based on this formula, is $4,800 per year over 20 years. This amount will cover VSAR’s capital and operating costs.

VSAR has filed an application for funding under Berwick’s new grants to organizations policy, which was approved this spring. The new policy allows council to look a funding requests outside the annual budget process.

With one more council to address, Bond acknowledged as of yet none of the municipalities has come on board.

“We are hoping Berwick will lead the pack.”