Thieves Target Central Okanagan Search and Rescue Vehicle – Lake Country Calendar

Another break-in to a Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) vehicle led the team to request a safer location.

Thieves hit COSAR’s command vehicle on the morning of September 12, destroying the dashboard and taking away crucial items for searches and to create a command post in the event of a natural disaster.

The theft comes just a year after a COSAR equipment trailer was broken into in September 2021, when medical supplies, flares, radios and LED lights were stolen.

COSAR President Brad Trites called the situation “disheartening for members who dedicate their time and energy to public service.

“Given that the vehicle will now be repaired, this situation reduces our operational capabilities.”

Trites added that as COSAR services grew, the need for more storage space for its crucial equipment also increased.

“We no longer have secure storage for our equipment and things like our control unit and the trailer have to be left outside.”

COSAR is working with the Central Okanagan Regional District to try to find a larger headquarters.

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Brandon D. James