NORTH HURON – The Huron and Area Search and Rescue (HASAR) asked North Huron Council if they could use one of the vacant municipal buildings in Blyth as a home base for their equipment, vehicles and training because they have outgrown their current locations.
The organization is currently leasing space in Huron East, HASAR commander and co-founder Patrick Armstrong said in a letter to the board.
The letter stated that the current arrangement with the Municipality of Huron East, which costs them $ 100 per month, is in three different locations: an outdoor complex with limited access to a garage, as well as office space. HASAR hopes to centralize everything in one indoor location.
“While we are grateful and very grateful for this deal, HASAR has outgrown the original deal and requires indoor storage for its vehicles, as well as all of its assets in one place,” the letter reads.
The group proposes to work with the Township of North Huron to use either the old Blyth public works building or the “retired fire station building” to store HASAR vehicles, provide training and have an office. .
“We would make sure the facility was both clean and secure and would work within the community to maintain the positive relationship we’ve always had,” said Armstrong.
The letter mentioned that North Huron Deputy Fire Chief Chad Kregar supported the request and provided for the fire department to conduct training with HASAR.
HASAR is a registered non-profit organization established in 2018.
They provide professional and civilian search and rescue services on land and at sea and operate under the aegis of the Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association and the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The letter says that since 2018, the group has been called four times to assist police with a search.
North Huron Clerk Carson Lamb said council should not make any decisions on the matter and this letter should be forwarded to Director of Public Works Jamie McCarthy for inclusion in a follow-up report on the old property of Blyth Public Works, which she is currently working on.
The request will be considered, along with any potential buyers interested in the purchase, when McCarthy submits the report.