There is a special prayer in the hearts of Brandon Regional Search and Rescue for those who remain missing, and this is especially true for Amber McFarland and the 10 year anniversary of her disappearance.
In particular, this case was the spark that began the movement to create a dedicated GSAR team in Brandon to support communities and loved ones of those who are missing within our region. The search that followed to find Amber included a massive turn out of support by the Portage community, and was long and hard for everyone involved.
Robin, Brian and Paulette attended the vigil service for Amber held in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, and were overwhelmed by how many people Amber touched in her life. The significance of our duty to help bring home those who are missing is evident by the outpouring of love and support that brings a community together. BRSARA honors Amanda McFarland by serving, so others may live.
It was a scorching hot day on August 11, 2018 as the BRSARA team prepared for signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration as part of our First Aid commitment to the Manitoba Mudrun in Dauphin, MB. We were all thankful as a cool wind lifted some of the heat, and with plenty of water available for relief the day was positive and uplifting for everyone involved.
Thank you to the event coordinators for hosting us as your emergency first aid team!
Yes, we do take emergency response seriously! That is why you will see a team of orange, armed up in cold packs, first aid gear and stationed at various posts performing duties (and yes, laughing and have a little fun along the way) that may make you wonder – what does this volunteer work have to do with rescue?
Responding to a search is serious work; and being able to know and trust your teammates is crucial. Team Building through First Aid and Events is one of the many ways we practice and train together. We participate together to build that trust in each other’s skills so that when we are called to perform – that is exactly what we do.
You may have seen us recently out and about, Canada Day 2018 at the Discovery Center, Generation Next Angler Walleye Tournament, and Softball Manitoba U19 A Girls’ Championship.
Next time you are at an event keep an eye out for the orange shirts, and stop by our Adventure Smart trailer if you have any questions or would like to share what you think about our presence in the community!
Local cartoonist and community advocate Curt Shoultz creates a compelling story through his comic pages, Brandoon Heroish published in Saturday’s edition of the Brandon Sun, about four teenagers on the graduation committee of their high school searching for ways to convey the true nature of heroism for graduation day. While exploring various “heroic” occupations in the community, we suddenly come across these teens assisting local authorities along with a search and rescue volunteer group, to locate a lost child.
Background of all of our lives is Heroism — Curt Shoultz
We are fortunate to live in a community where many of us understand the value of volunteering time and resources back into the very place we call home. The important distinction that Mr. Shoultz conveys in his work is that part of what makes a hero is through dedication, by honouring your commitments.
Brandon Regional Search and Rescue would like to thank Curt Shoultz for his talent and insight. Brandoon Heroish is featured in every Saturday issue of the Brandon Sun from February 24, 2018 to June 16, 2018. You will find completed comic works on his website at https://sellfy.com/curtshoultz.
Credit: Curt Shoultz, used with permission, The whole story can be found in e-book form after June 15 at https://sellfy.com/curtshoultz
Brandon Regional Search and Rescue Association would like to extend a sincere thank you to ACC Students’ Association Inc., Police Studies Program for a recent donation made toward search and rescue equipment. We are proud to have worked together at events such as Brandon Police Services “Monster Mash”, Samaritan House Coldest Night of the Year, and Run With Us on Earth Day.
Photo from left to right: Brian Fowler (BRSARA) and Harley Ritchie (ACCSA).
Every year we are excited to be on hand for the YMCA Strong Kids Run! This year it was held in Brandon on Sunday, May 27. Thank you to the YMCA for inviting us to participate in yet another safe and successful event!