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Lake City Casinos provides funds and technical support to secure Search and Rescue Station

Summary: Casino helps “secure” PENSAR

***Follow up on October 25th, 2015 Break In at PENSAR ***


Penticton and District Search and Rescue members Al Todd (Treasurer) and Dale Jorgensen (President) receive a donation of $4,261.68 from Lake City Casinos representatives Lauren Zucchiatti and Mike Magnusson as part of a security enhancement project commitment made by Lake City Casinos.

After the October 25th, 2015 break in at the PENSAR Search and Rescue Station, management of Lake City Casinos reached out to see what they could do to help and offered the assistance of their surveillance and security manager Chris Sotvedt to offer a solution.

Sotvedt was once a Search and Rescue volunteer and understood the need to protect the valuable assets that PENSAR utilizes in search and rescue efforts to save others.

Over the fall and winter months, Sotvedt worked with PENSAR to help define what was needed to increase site security and the costs involved. Recognizing that PENSAR is a volunteer and non-profit organization, Sotveld went to work to find solutions. Working with industry security suppliers and installers, PENSAR finally has its state of the art CCTV system up and running.

Last fall, after the break in and theft, Dale Jorgensen, President of PENSAR commented “we sure got a shock and found it disheartening” when two of the search and rescue trailers had been broken into.

Today Jorgensen can’t say enough for all of the support PENSAR has received from the community and especially to Lake City Casinos for the financial and technical support they provided to this project. “ We feel better that our assets have a higher level of protection”.

Randy Brown

Public Information Officer – Penticton and District Search and Rescue 250-488-8465

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