Canadian Tire a generous donor to Coquitlam Search and Rescue’s Mobile Command Centre Replacement Project
(Coquitlam, B.C.) Coquitlam Search and Rescue is a big step closer to replacing its ageing Mobile Command Centre with a $25,000 donation from the Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam Canadian Tire stores.
Search and Rescue operations are planned, implemented and managed from the command centre, which is located as close as possible to the scene of each operation. The team’s current command centre is 20 years old and due for retirement. It also has significant deficiencies in space and performance that have developed over the years as the team’s call volume has increased and the equipment used in operations has evolved. The current estimate to replace the command centre is $407,300.
According to Sandy Burpee, fundraising chair for the command centre replacement project, the donation from Canadian Tire is very much appreciated. “Coquitlam Search and Rescue is very pleased to have Canadian Tire as a partner in our project. With their generous donation, we are now within $30,000 of our fundraising goal. We look forward to an ongoing relationship.”
Canadian Tire has also offered space in the parking lot of each of the Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam stores for the team to conduct annual community education events demonstrating safe practices while travelling in the back country.
Paul Droulis, owner of the Coquitlam Canadian Tire store, adds “Canadian Tire is very excited to become involved with Coquitlam Search and Rescue and able to contribute towards the purchase of a new Mobile Command Centre. As a supplier of outdoor recreation equipment, we encourage our customers to enjoy the outdoors safely.”
Canadian Tire’s generosity will be recognized at a presentation at 10 AM on Thursday, February 19th, at the Coquitlam store, 1200 Seguin Drive.