Since 2020, the Society is been actively writing grant proposals, to obtain additional funds to complete a funding package for our Rescue Base.
The Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union (SASCU) has approved a new construction loan for the Society, which will be debt serviced by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, through the “Search and Rescue Grant-in-aid Service Amendment Bylaw No. 5827, 2021”
In addition, all donations specifically for Rescue Base have been placed in a Restricted Account, which has been accruing over the last five years.
While discussions continue with the District of Sicamous regarding a long lasting and permanent site for the Rescue Base, the Old Town Bay Marina in the meantime has offered Station #106 space on their docks to affix the Rescue Base when it is built.
The bonus with a floating facility is that it can always be easily moved. Our facility has been designed to fit through the open railway bridge.
With a new redesigned Bruhn Bridge on the horizon, opportunities may arise to allow the siting of our Rescue Base along the Channel which we opine will be a benefit to the community as well as improve access to the facility by ambulance paramedics and responding crews.