News release

Nova Scotian Is New Chair of National Council

A Nova Scotian is the new chair of the National Ground Search and Rescue Council of Canada.

Vern Fraser was recently named chair of the council at a meeting in Quebec City. Mr. Fraser, a former R.C.M.P. officer, is an employee of the Emergency Management Office in Kentville.

"Our colleagues across the country will benefit from Vern's ground search and rescue expertise and leadership," said David Morse, acting Minister of Emergency Management. "This opportunity will allow the province to showcase our capabilities while working with our provincial and territorial partners toward consistent standards for ground search and rescue."

Mr. Fraser will represent the council on ground and inland water search and rescue matters and provide direction and leadership on key council initiatives.

"It's truly an honour to be appointed chair of the council," said Mr. Fraser. "The many volunteers across the country deserve to be well represented at the national level. In their interest, I will be aggressively working to move forward with the council's new five-year action plan that will build search and rescue capacity throughout Canada."

The Ground Search and Rescue Council of Canada represents the search and rescue authorities in each province and territory, as well as national organizations and agencies. Council members share best practices, support development in search and rescue training, prevention, operations and organizational structure, and build consistency for ground and inland water search and rescue.

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A Nova Scotian is the new chair of the National Ground Search and Rescue Council of Canada.

Vern Fraser of Kentville was named to the position last week at a meeting in Quebec City.

Acting Minister of Emergency Management David Morse says ground search and rescue colleagues across the country will benefit from Mr. Fraser's expertise and leadership.

The Ground Search and Rescue Council of Canada represents the search and rescue authorities in each province and territory, as well as national organizations and agencies

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John Muir
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