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VSAR spokesman Fred Bond
By Kirk Starratt
Valley Search and Rescue is hoping to be moved to a new home by the time Michelin acquires the Waterville airport land, if the potential sale happens.
Valley Search and Rescue assistant search director and chaplain Fred Bond said they’re looking for a new headquarters. They are currently located on the Kings County Municipal Airport land in Waterville, but it looks like the airport will be relocated. Bond is hoping the airport won’t have to move before Valley Search and Rescue is in a new building.
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Bond said any sale of the land by the county to help facilitate an expansion of Michelin’s tire production line could possibly help the search and rescue organization. It might act as a catalyst to “get things moving quicker” in terms of finding a new home.
“We’re looking for land right now,” Bond said. He pointed out the planned timeline for being in a new building is 2015.
“If it’s sooner, that would be a blessing to us and anyone who needs us,” he said.
Bond said the sooner all their equipment is set up and they get organized in their new headquarters, the better their response times will be and the better the volunteer organization will be able to serve the valley, province and country.