WATCH: COSAR celebrates 60 years in the Okanagan

KELOWNA – Central Okanagan Search and Rescue volunteers work thousands of hours every year to help save lives and they do it all for free. They’ve been called to everything from missing person searches to large scale disasters like the 2003 firestorm.

COSAR is the oldest search and rescue organization in the province and this year is celebrating 60 years in the Okanagan.

“In 1954 a group of citizens got together and started searching [for a missing child],” says COSAR vice president, Duane Tresnich. “And they remained as a team. It’s amazing. They started all this.”
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That team has now expanded to some 90 volunteers ready for any call at any time.

COSAR members want you to join them in this milestone celebration. They’re hosting an open house with demonstrations, activities, equipment and memorabilia from the past. It’s underway between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at COSAR’s headquarters, 4086 old Vernon Rd.

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