Central Okanagan Search and Rescue hit again by thieves – Okanagan

For the second time in just over a year, thieves strike Central Okanagan Search and Rescue.

On Monday morning, a maintenance crew discovered that their command vehicle had a shattered side window, its dashboard destroyed and items stolen. The vehicle is used during extended searches and as a command post for natural disasters, such as the July fire and the evacuation at Kaleden.

In September 2021, a COSAR equipment trailer was broken into and medical supplies, flares, radios and LED lights were stolen.

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“It is discouraging for members who dedicate their time and energy to public service,” COSAR President Brad Trites said in a press release. “Given that the vehicle will now be repaired, this situation reduces our operational capabilities.”

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“These incidents demonstrate our need for a new building with a secure location for COSAR equipment. As our services have grown we have run out of secure storage for our equipment and things like our control unit and trailer have to be left outside.

COSAR is currently working with the Central Okanagan Regional District to find a larger location for a hall.

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Brandon D. James