Earlier this month, the London Drugs computer department at its Cloverdale location made a valuable contribution to the Surrey Search and Rescue. Cedric Tetzel, London Drugs computer buyer, and London Drugs store manager Edwin Chang presented Surrey Search and Rescue vice president Larry Kost, Fundraising Director Michael Surbey and Communications Officer Layla Giuca with eight HP laptops for their operations.
“The Surrey Search and Rescue team is volunteer run and this donation will be a benefit to our team members,” said Larry Kost, Surrey Search and Rescue (SSAR) Vice President during the presentation. “Over the years, the number of SSAR operations in the Lower Mainland has increased dramatically and this trend is continuing as the population in the Lower Mainland increases. Surrey SAR has felt the effects of this increase in operations and consequently the team must continually maintain, expand, and upgrade their equipment. Computer equipment is used to develop and maintain operation plans and exercises, to organize inventory equipment and supplies, to communicate with city and municipal stakeholders and keep track of volunteers’ hours and training certifications. These are just some of the tasks we use computers for in our daily work.”
From left to right are Cedric Tetzel, London Drugs Computer Buyer, Edwin Chang, London Drugs Store Manager, Surrey Search and Rescue Communications Officer Layla Giuca, Surrey Search and Rescue Fundraising Director Michael Surbey and Surrey Search and Rescue Vice President Larry Kost.
Surrey Search and Rescue Society is a registered, non-profit society, staffed solely by volunteers. Their volunteers provide 24-hour a day, 365-day per year emergency response assistance to local communities through the RCMP, Municipal Police, Fire Department, BC Ambulance Service, BC Parks and the Provincial Emergency Program. While the team is based in Surrey, British Columbia, it is prepared to assist with all ground and inland water searches including Search and Rescue (SAR) operations within the cities of Surrey, Delta, White Rock, and Richmond. Calls range from searching for missing children to locating lost persons suffering mental or physical distress.