Cariboo Search and Rescue received a Certificate of Appreciation for their involvement in the Williams Lake RCMP Youth Academy.
Member and Public Relations Coordinator, Deborah Bortolussi said the Academy is a 5-day program where youth from the community get to come in and see the different roles of Emergency Services.
“Our involvement, we gave a lecture on what Search and Rescue with the emphasis on how auto extrication works in with RCMP and public safety.” Bortolussi said, “ We came back for a scenario where we (CSAR) worked with all the Emergency Services Agencies in Williams Lake, the Fire Department, BC Emergency Health Services, RCMP and our Auto Extrication team. We did a mock motor vehicle incident and the youth from the Academy got to come out and see how one of those incidents would go down from the very beginning to the very end.”
Bortolussi noted that CSARS has been doing this for many, many years, and anytime that RCMP have done this program we’ve ensured that we’ve had involvement in it.
We asked if any of those students attending the Youth Academy have ever joined Search and Rescue.
“We were so lucky this year, we had one of the member of the RCMP Youth Academy actually join us as a junior volunteer.” Bortolussi said. “The Academy is an amazing opportunity for them to see how public safety works in their community, to see all these roles to get an idea of what may be options for volunteering or what careers might look like in the future. It’s a wonderful time to spark that excitement of community involvement and getting knowledge.”
Bortolussi added that anything that has to do with community involvement, shaping young minds and getting information out there for those that we serve, and that we care about, is so important to us (CSARS).