The Search and Rescue Society of B.C. is responding to a lawsuit by North Shore Rescue following accusations it misrepresented itself when asking for donations.
VP Glen Redden says the society doesn’t receive government funding and telephone donations is how they keep the organization running.
“We looked into all those calls and pulled them because we have recordings of the calls, and [in] none of them was anybody other than the Search and Rescue Society of British Columbia represented.”
Redden adds anytime someone asks for their donation to go to their local SAR team, they hand it over to that team.
He adds he’s puzzled by assertions by NSR that they’re “still at a loss as to what SAR BC does,” saying he’s trained with the team in the past.
The provincial organization representing all 80 search and rescue teams is backing the NSR lawsuit and the minister responsible for emergency preparedness says the public should be careful when giving donations over the phone.
North Shore Rescue says residents have told them they’ve received aggressive phone calls asking for donations for the search and rescue group.