If Shawn Street has his way, you will never have to see him or members of his crew with the Bay of Islands Volunteer Search and Rescue team.
But as co-ordinator with the team and a member for 17 years, he has learned anything can happen when one ventures into the woods.
"People need to realize they aren't invincible," he said Tuesday during an address to the Humber Rotary Club. "If bad things didn't happen, we wouldn't be here."
Street was in attendance to accept a $500 cheque from the club, which will go towards gear for the team.
The visit was arranged after Street gave a speech several months ago at the club, one which spurred the rotarians into helping out.
He said the money could go towards a new, more efficient communications system or towards securing vehicles such as ATVs or snowmobiles so volunteers don't have to round up machines on their own when a crisis occurs.
Street presented those in attendance with emergency whistles and rescue blankets - simple, portable tools which could ensure survival in the event of a rescue.
He has given similar talks to schools and other community organizations and said the goal is to provide enough awareness that safety becomes second nature.
While he admits his team of nearly 40 volunteers has been remarkably successful at locating the lost, he said it often takes a special breed to do what his crew does.
"We pride ourselves on being very thorough and good at what we do," he said. "There's not many people that you can call at three o'clock in the morning, who will be ready at five minutes notice to spend all day searching."
But Christine Doucette, a nine-year member and current treasurer with the team, said volunteers can come from all walks of life. Doucette a wildlife biologist, said volunteers are needed in addition to those who spend their time in the wilds of western Newfoundland.
"If people want to volunteer time, but have experience with accounting or being a lawyer, they can do some fundraising or help with our website," she said. "We need people that need to know how to do those things. They don't necessarily have to go in the woods."
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