A vital volunteer service supporting this area was called into action on Monday.
When a 16-year-old boy went missing from the Truro area on Sunday evening the Truro Police Service and K9 unit scoured a wooded area near the top of Wood Street in an effort to find the boy.
As hours passed without a sighting of the boy, a call for reinforcements was made about 10 a.m. Monday morning to Colchester Ground Search and Rescue Association.
Within minutes, well-trained, volunteer searchers left the comfort of their homes or their jobs to offer support to police.
A command centre was quickly set up at the top of Wood Street where more than 25 people outfitted themselves with search materials and safety gear to begin combing the area. Ground search and rescue members from East-Hants were also called upon to assist in the search.
Less than three hours later the missing teenager was found by the police K9 unit in the Brookfield area.
The searchers returned to base, packed up the command center and returned to their normal routines.
We are very fortunate to have the support of a well-outfitted and trained search and rescue organization.
The association has been active in the county since 1975. They are currently about 40 volunteers strong but are always looking for more to join.
The local group has a wilderness emergency medical squad, along with modern medical equipment and tools to deal with hypothermia, which was made available through grants and fundraising by members and the community.
Life is full of so many uncertainties. You can plan a day out in the wilderness, but you may not always be able to predict when things could take a wrong turn, possibly leaving you stranded, or even worse, injured and disoriented. It is a great relief to know there are people willing to put their own lives on hold to help those in need. We applaud the efforts of these volunteers and encourage others to learn more about how they could become involved.