Arrowsmith Search and Rescue moving into new operations centre

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue moving into new operations centre
WatchConstruction is not yet complete but Arrowsmith Search and Rescue has started moving into its new Qualicum Beach headquarters. Kendall Hanson has more.

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue is in the process of moving into its much-anticipated new headquarters.

Located next to the Qualicum Beach airport, the facility is earthquake-ready and has many bells and whistles for the volunteer-driven organization to operate and expand in for years to come.

Work has been underway at the site since March 2020. However, the group has started moving in even though it’s not complete.

“This is so central to our service area like if we need a helicopter there’s one right next door if he’s available and the airstrip is here. It’s easy access to the different highways,” said Ken Neden with Arrowsmith Search and Rescue.

It also has a drying room for when they return with wet gear, a feature their former operations centre did not have.

Arrowsmith SAR held its first open house this weekend with many who contributed to the project among the guests.

“The Town of Qualicum Beach has been really good to us. Giving us this property and a 40-year lease. They’ve helped us out in other ways too. There are development cost charges related to the construction. It sounds like they will probably refund that,” said Neden.

With work still underway the total cost is nearing $1.4 million — a relatively low total thanks to many in-kind contributions and community donations — and Arrowsmith Search and Rescue is still looking at a $450,000 mortgage.

It’s an amount they’re hoping grants and community support will bring down even more so they can focus on day-to-day operations.

Regardless, Neden says they’re thrilled to be in a new home.

If you would like to support Arrowsmith Search and Rescue financially here’s the link.

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