Funding announced for P.E.I. Ground Search and Rescue

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A member of the P.E.I Ground Search and Rescue team checks his map co-ordinates.

The P.E.I. Ground Search and Rescue organization will improve efficiencies within its operations and create a central location with funds announced today from the federal and provincial governments.

P.E.I. Senator Mike Duffy, provincial Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley and Doug Newson, CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority, made the announcement this afternoon, detailing upgrades to a facility located at the Charlottetown Airport Authority Business Park.

“Modern facilities and sustainable infrastructure contribute to the quality of life in small communities and large urban centres across Canada,” said Duffy. “The Charlottetown Airport Authority has taken a leadership role in a project that will see key upgrades to a centralized facility utilized by the PEI Ground Search and Rescue organization.”

The Government of Canada’s investment of $38,375 will allow the Charlottetown Airport Authority to perform upgrades to one of the leased buildings on its property which houses the P.E.I. Ground Search and Rescue (PEIGSAR). The Government of Prince Edward Island will invest $30,500 under the Island Community Fund. The Charlottetown Airport Authority will contribute $7,875.

"With the growing demand for Prince Edward Island's Ground Search and Rescue Services, the provincial government is pleased to invest in infrastructure improvements for the volunteers who provide this critical service," said MacKinley.  "Supporting this important organization will strengthen its ability to provide essential emergency services across Prince Edward Island."

The PEIGSAR is a non-profit, volunteer-driven group with active members from across PEI. The organization has a mandate to search for and rescue individuals who are lost or injured, and also includes offering assistance when required to the Canadian Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or other organizations. PEIGSAR once stored its equipment at multiple locations, making management and transport difficult. Upgrades to the facility include the installation of large bay doors, a new training room, bathrooms, a kitchenette, new roofing, insulation, new lighting, and a heating system.

“We are very pleased to work with our partners at the PEI Ground Search and Rescue on this project to improve its efficiencies in a central location”, said Newson. “This volunteer-driven group does very important work in our province and on behalf of them and the Airport Authority, I want to thank both the Federal and Provincial governments for supporting this project.”


Organizations: Charlottetown Airport Authority Business Park, P.E.I. Ground Search, Rescue organization Federal and Provincial Governments Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Rural Development National Defence Island Community Fund La Francophonie Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund Ground Search and Rescue Services Canadian Coast Guard Royal Canadian Mounted Police Harper Government

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Prince Edward Island

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Recent comments

  • Adam
    January 09, 2013 - 16:42

    PEIGSAR itself doesn't use IR, but the RCMP chopper is often used in searches which has FLIR (forward looking infa-red)

  • Bob
    January 08, 2013 - 22:17

    GSAR does have some nice equipment through fundraising and government grants but do not havevacess to infrared technology. Most of the gear you see members wearing is paid by the member. Congrats guys

  • Bill
    January 08, 2013 - 20:55

    I am curious as to whether or not search and rescue teams are equipped with infrared sensors to aid in the search for stranded persons. I was appalled while watching a true story of a life and death situation in which these sensors could have made the search much easier, and could mean the difference between life and death. The American search and rescue authorities have been using this technology for a number of years now, but Canadian rescuers have a much herder time searching for people because they do t have these sensors.

  • Really, this is good news.
    January 08, 2013 - 15:18

    Really, this is good news. The volunteers are highly skilled and amazing. In our darkest moments they're out there doing brutally hard work. However, who could resist a bit of well deserved facetiousness and say, "I wonder if they'll be able to find the truth about Plan B or PNP?" Or even, " If they ever find MacKinley's legitimate restaurant receipts it will be a miracle!" Ahh, the price of toxic politics. Islanders have all been planb'd and it's going to be hard, maybe impossible, to ever recover . . . if only we could rescue governance from corruption!