Friday, November 2, 2012

Supporting Iceland’s Search and Rescue Teams (Slysavarnafélagið Landsbjörg)

Iceland has a unique and highly effective Search and Rescue Team model. It is as grassroots-based as any organization can be. My guess is that 100% of the Icelandic population supports the many volunteers from all walks of life who receive rigorous training to become Search and Rescue team members. We have one Search and Rescue worker in our office and are glad to release him any time duty calls. Yesterday, I visited the “Bjorgunarsveitin Ársæll” unit in Reykjavik to purchase this year’s edition of the popular keychains that the Search and Rescue teams sell to raise funds for their organizations. I met with several volunteers, including supporters who were donating their labor to complete brand-new facilities for that group. May they raise a lot of money as this is a great cause.