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EDITORIAL: It's our turn to come to the rescue
All year long they came to the rescue.
Lost dogs, wayward snowboarders, hurt hikers and mountain bikers or ill-prepared backcountry enthusiasts — you name it.
North Shore Rescue responded to a steady torrent of calls for help in 2012.
And the specially trained crews did so 24/7, 365. There are no days off for this crew.
Sometimes they must forsake birthdays, anniversary dinners and elementary school Christmas plays because they’ve been called out to save others.
They don’t it for the accolades. Or the paycheque. This is a volunteer outfit that gives up countless hours on training exercises and rescue missions. It’s just what they do.
And now, we have an opportunity to thank them for their selfless, risky and heroic work.
The rescue team is moving into new digs this January — a $1.4-million facility funded by the three North Shore municipalities, the Charros Foundation and NSR — but they still need a few things.
The list includes an Indoor Rescue Catwalk to use for training, some administrative stuff like computers and tables and an industrial washer to maintain their equipment.
Total cost is around $70,000 and they’re offering tax receipts for donations over $20.
In its long history, NSR has never charged for a rescue because they feel if people are concerned about possible charges they may put themselves in even greater danger.
So, community donations can go a long way towards funding the team’s rescue efforts.
So if you can help, go to their website (northshorerescue.com) to find out how to donate.
At the very least, make a New Year’s resolution to stay in bounds and to be well prepared when you venture off into the mountains (for tips, go to the NSR website). They deserve your help.