Ground Search and Rescue hosting mock exercise in Bonshaw Provincial Park
Training officer says exercises help familiarize volunteers with terrain they'll cover in real emergencies
P.E.I. Ground Search and Rescue volunteers will conduct a training exercise on Sunday at Bonshaw Provincial Park.
The mock search and rescue starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m.
Frances Gertsch, a training officer with GSAR, says these exercises help improve techniques, but also give volunteers valuable experience in places they may have to cover in a real emergency.
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"We train from tip to tip and from coast to coast … because we could respond anywhere on the Island," she said.
Gertsch says about 40 volunteers wearing orange will be in the area Sunday along with a number of vehicles including volunteers' cars and trailers.
The GSAR team is a volunteer, non-profit organization with about 100 volunteer members who are on-call for search and rescue efforts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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