Revelstoke Search & Rescue seeks new building to store equipment

File photo: Giles Shearing is a volunteer with Revelstoke Search and Rescue. Photo: Contributed

Revelstoke Search & Rescue (REVSAR) is looking for a bigger home for its diverse array of rescue equipment.

At council’s July 9 meeting, REVSAR spokesperson Giles Shearing shared plans for a new location to store equipment such as sleds, rafts, Sea-doos, a jet boat and a variety of other search equipment.

Currently, REVSAR offices are in the RCMP detachment building, which includes some storage space. However, the space is already full, and REVSAR is currently storing its equipment there and in other remote locations.

File photo: Revelstoke Search & Rescue members with their avalanche dogs. Photo: Contributed by REVSAR

“We’re just looking for a good-sized building that will store our equipment,” Shearing said.

The new building would serve as a storage space and a training centre. REVSAR plans to keep its office space and command centre in the Revelstoke RCMP detachment.

Giles Shearing for REVSAR presentation to council on July 9 starts here:

Currently, REVSAR is in the top 10 busiest search and rescue organizations in B.C., and the busiest in the Southern Interior.

Plans for the new, heated storage building are at an early stage. REVSAR hopes to find land this year, design and fundraise next year, and complete construction in 2021.

Shearing said REVSAR is looking to the city for a donation of a parcel of land between half and acre to an acre in size. The organization is also asking the city waive development cost charges for the lot. They need a 50-foot by 50-foot building and a parking lot of the same size.

“We would like to take any grant money we get and use that towards building a new building,” Shearing said.

The presentation to council was informational. There was no decision before council. Mayor Sulz thanked REVSAR for what they do and encouraged them to submit a formal proposal to city staff.