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May 27, 2015

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CUPE BC donates $20,000 to North Shore Search & Rescue

NORTH VANCOUVER—A donation of $20,000 from CUPE BC will help the North Shore Search and Rescue Society (NSR) develop a new rope rescue catwalk training facility that will provide additional training capacity for the Society.

CUPE BC President Mark Hancock and Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro presented the donation to NSR Team Leader Mike Danks and Society members at the NSR headquarters.

“The catwalk will allow members to practice their life-saving skills in a controlled environment,” said Danks. “This will decrease wear and tear on equipment, reduce the time involved in driving to training sites, and allow for increased safety for our members. On behalf of all NSR members we want to thank CUPE BC for this donation.”

“We started talking about making a significant donation last year when the Society had equipment stolen from its bases in the mountains,” said Hancock. “But when we approached NSR about making a donation, they told us that the rope rescue training equipment was a real priority.

“We’re really pleased to be able to make this donation that will allow NSR to complete this facility, which will ensure that the next generations of NSR volunteers are trained to provide these incredibly important services that have saved so many lives.”

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