Sparwood Search and Rescue are ready to move into their new home — one year after their old building was destroyed by fire.
The SAR Hall was wiped out in a blaze December 17th of last year, causing damages around $320,000.
Director Ed Ehrler says the community’s support has helped them fully rebuild and replace much of their equipment.
“Definitely a very big project, it involved basically tearing the entire building down to the framework and redoing all the interior, exterior, electrical, heating and plumbing,” Ehrler says. “We were able at the same time to do a few renovations and upgrade the facility a bit, make it a bit more modern and more suited to our needs.”
Around $180,000 worth of equipment was destroyed, along with around $140,000 in damages to the building.
Ehrler says last year’s fire destroyed ATVs, rescue boats and other life saving equipment.
“We had volunteer members of our organization put in hundreds and hundreds of hours just replacing equipment and moving things around,” Ehrler says. “Also, we have a huge amount of support in the community. A number of organizations donated money, time and expertise to make this project happen, so we definitely appreciate all the support we received from them.”
Ehrler says they plan to hold an open house in May.
(Photos from Sparwood Search and Rescue / Facebook)
– Sparwood Search and Rescue Director, Ed Ehrler