Bank of Utah is proud to launch a fundraiser to help Weber County Search and Rescue (WCSAR) purchase a new high-tech drone. The Bank is backing WCSAR with a “Reaching New Heights” campaign to generate $30,000 to buy a DJI Matrice 300 RTK Drone, which will significantly cut rescue time in reaching stranded and injured people in the county’s diverse terrain.
Weber County Search and Rescue, an extension of Weber County Sheriff's Office, receives 20 to 30 distress calls annually. Dedicated WCSR volunteers respond to the calls in all kinds of weather and seasons, from stranded or injured climbers or hikers, missing children, hunters, snowmobilers, skiers, drowning victims or downed aircraft. WCSAR operates on a small budget funded by Weber County but relies primarily on generously donated funds.
“Weber County Search and Rescue’s drone team has been using their own personal drone equipment, which has been very helpful in our lifesaving work, but we need to up our game with a drone dedicated to our operation. This new drone will expand our capabilities with greater reach and camera resolution to save more lives. The DJI M300 drone has increased thermal imaging and a longer flight time that are essential in finding, assessing and taking care of people in need in a timely way. Every second counts in saving lives.” – Lt. Mark Horton, Weber County Search and Rescue
Bank of Utah recently presented a $1,000 check to Lt. Mark Horton, director of search and rescue for the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, to kick off the fundraiser. Bank of Utah will further support the month-long campaign with billboard advertisements, internal signage, an email campaign and social media. The top five donors will each receive one Bank of Utah-branded Yeti cup as a thank-you. You can help, too. Click on the link below to donate today!
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