Grant Johannesen, Colin Carmichael, Bob Zimmerman, Wade Sharp, Eric Lowe from Quesnel Search and Rescue were on hand to pick up a donated trailer from Steve Rutledge, general manager of Chemo RV. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Grant Johannesen, Colin Carmichael, Bob Zimmerman, Wade Sharp, Eric Lowe from Quesnel Search and Rescue were on hand to pick up a donated trailer from Steve Rutledge, general manager of Chemo RV. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Donated trailer could unlock Quesnel Search and Rescue’s potential

The 20-foot long trailer from Chemo RV could pave the way for snowmobiles

Quesnel Search and Rescue won’t have to worry about getting their equipment to a rescue site anymore.

Before Thursday, March 4, the crew would need to wait for a member to arrive with a trailer so they could load up their quads. After a donation of a double-axle 21-foot long trailer from Quesnel Chemo RV owner general manager, that won’t be the case.

“It’s a game changer for us,” Quesnel Search and Rescue vice president Eric Lowe said.

Lowe added the trailer could provide a much bigger effect than just for their quads.

“We’re talking about buying new snowmobiles… because of the money that we have saved off of the trailer donation,” he said.

When a rescue relies on snowmobiles, the Quesnel squad must call in support from Prince George or other surrounding Search and Rescue Crews.

Rutledge said he was happy to make a difference.

“They’re a really deserving group of volunteers that look after the community and the surrounding area,” he said. “If we can donate a trailer, they can afford to get snowmobiles to put on it. It seemed like a great community-minded thing to do.”

Quesnel Search and Rescue are also looking for more volunteers. Interested people should contact Lowe by emailing Trapper2003@hotmail.com.

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