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July 26, 2011

Sheilah Sweatman honoured

Flags flown at half-mast presented to search & rescue volunteer’s family

Update:  The flags of Canada, British Columbia and JIBC were flown at half-mast from July 4-8, 2011 in honour of Sheilah Sweatman.  These flags were presented to the Sweatman family by Jeff Cornell, Program Manager, Emergency Social Services and Search & Rescue Training , on behalf of JIBC at the memorial service held in Nelson, BC on July 23, 2011.

Story originally posted July 4, 2011 

JIBC flags are being flown at half mast in honour of Sheilah Sweatman, a West Kootenay volunteer search and rescue technician, who drowned on June 29, 2011. She was part of crew attempting to recover a vehicle in the Goat River, south of Creston, BC.

“Our condolences and thoughts are with Sheilah Sweatman’s family, as well as with our many search and rescue team members in BC, who volunteer their time and effort to assist others in spite of the significant risks," said Colleen Vaughan, acting Director, JIBC Emergency Management Division.

JIBC, through its Emergency Management Division, partners with Emergency Management BC (EMBC), the RCMP, and the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) to deliver search and rescue training to volunteers across British Columbia.

In any given year Search and Rescue groups in BC respond to nearly 1,000 incidents involving over 1,300 missing or injured persons. More than 2,500 unpaid professional volunteers, located in more than 80 BC communities, make themselves available day or night. Together, these men and women donate over 100,000 hours of their time on callouts annually, and 95% of subjects are found or rescued within the first 24 hours of a volunteer search and rescue group being activated.

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