It's a lot better than nothing, but the cynic in me wonders just how much the annual cost would be for a non-volunteer SAR? And would it save lives as often? It seems absurd that the province isn't eagerly fully funding everything needed given how necessary and effective the current SAR system is. Such a political nightmare to handle. Currently, anytime an adventure turns out really wrong it's seen as the brave selfless volunteers who tried and failed to save the kids, if it were an official government agency it would be seen as either the overpaid lazy unions messing up or the desperately underfunded demoralised wretches asked to perform miracles with no tools. (sometimes both simultaneously on different channels!) Any funding given to SAR now is a pure positive from a political perspective, with no downside unless funds were found to be "diverted"'
And who's surprised that our beloved leader is taking advantage of a photo op? It's her most important function, her only one really. Get elected. Also continue obeying her backers of course, but that's a given.