There probably isn't any type of work like it - finding or rescuing people from dangerous places when they're most in need.
It's the job of a search and rescue team member. But due to other job opportunities and priorities, the number of volunteers with Coquitlam Search and Rescue has dropped over the years.
So the team is holding a fall recruitment drive to add new blood to the team.
"It's a great thing to get involved in," said Bob Hetherington, the SAR's acting team president, adding members learn a great number of skill sets when they join the team.
The team is looking to fill eight to 12 spots to bring the complement of volunteers up to 50. Right now, it has 40 members.
"We like to ensure we've at least got 25 people at any given time that can respond to a search," Hetherington said.
When the numbers drop, the team usually relies on nearby SAR teams for mutual aid during a callout.
Already, Coquitlam SAR has received 30-plus applications, but that number is sure to grow.
The team is holding an information session at Coquitlam City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. Current members of the SAR team will deliver a short presentation, answer questions, and accept applications in person.
Hetherington noted the last time Coquitlam SAR held a recruitment drive four years ago, the team received 150 applications, while the council chambers were packed.
At that time, the organization picked 17 new members, but the number is now down to 11.
The team's acting president said the members picked four years ago have been very good additions to the team.
Hetherington said there are a few things interested applicants might want to note: the more outdoor skill sets the better, and people need to have some of their own equipment. However, Coquitlam SAR does supply equipment after recruits go through the year-long ground search and rescue training.
Applicants don't necessarily need to live in Coquitlam to be a member, as Hetherington noted some current members live in places like Maple Ridge or Vancouver.
The deadline for application is Sept. 30, with interviews scheduled for mid to late October.
According to Coquitlam SAR's website, the team responds to between 30 and 40 incidents in a year, covering an area that stretches to the Indian Arm on the west, Pitt Lake on the east, the Fraser River to the south, and Garibaldi Park to the north.
For more information go to Coquitlam SAR's website at www.coquitlam-sar.bc.ca.
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