May 26, 2009
MIRAMICHI (CNB) - New global positioning equipment (GPS) is now available for volunteers from the New Brunswick Ground Search and Rescue Association (NBGSARA) to assist in rescue efforts.
The Department of Public Safety obtained $510,000 in federal funding from the National Search and Rescue Secretariat for a multi-year (2008-10) New Initiatives Fund project that will contribute to improved capability and interoperability of NBGSARA.
The department has also identified $178,000 of in-kind support from the Government of New Brunswick over the three years of the project.
"This new technology will allow ground search and rescue teams to find lost persons more efficiently, and meet the technological needs of the ground search and rescue community within New Brunswick for years to come," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran.
Team members were part of a training session held May 23 in Miramichi, which allowed them to familiarize themselves with the new equipment.
Planned improvements to ground search and rescue include such major technology upgrades as:
"New Brunswick's ground search and rescue teams are vital to helping New Brunswickers be safe and secure in this province, and they often go far beyond the rescue of lost persons," said Foran. "I am confident that the new tools will assist them in their duties and contribute to building a safer New Brunswick as we progress on our way to self-sufficiency."
The Department of Public Safety also presented the NBGSARA with a grant for $50,000. This is given annually to the association to support its activities throughout the province.
MEDIA CONTACT: Daniel Lessard, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267.