Search and rescue group seeking municipal support

YORKTON – Parkland Search and Rescue was at Yorkton’s regular council meeting in hopes of financial support for the organization.

Organized locally in 2015, the group now has 23 volunteer members involved in search and rescue, President Dale Hintz said.

“Usually we are activated by the RCMP,” he said, adding that they tend to work within a 150 kilometer radius of Yorkton, “but they can and have been spread across the province.”

While the search for missing persons is a priority, so is education, often focused on young people, Hintz added.

“To change a culture, you have to start with the young people,” he said.

While operating for a number of years, Hintz said the group faces challenges, including funding, adding that it only receives insurance assistance from the province.

So when they needed a truck to pull their command trailer, they raised $22,000 through donations.

Now they hope to find a place where they can park the truck and trailer in a heated store.

In this request, the city could not help on Monday.

“There is no room,” City Manager Lonnie Kaal said, noting that the fire station bays are full and there is no other heated workshop area available.

Hintz was also seeking annual funding from the city, money he hoped would help other municipalities in the area pledge dollars.

In this regard, the Board approved $5,000 as an annual grant.

Brandon D. James