FORT ST. JOHN -- The preliminary results show residents voting in favour of two ballot initiatives.

The seniors support service grant passed by a margin of 196 to 88.

Funding will help seniors stay in their homes by providing services like food, housekeeping and yard maintenance.

The health related service grant passed by a vote of 380 votes to 158.

That means money will be made available for things like air ambulance, search and rescue along with health care services.

As a result, Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue will invest in a trailer that can haul a stretcher and an attendant, while the South Peace branch will update first aid supplies.

Steve Tory, Manager of Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue, says he was worried about the referendum, but is now relieved it's over.

"There's always equipment that we need in search and rescue. So to have this funding secured by this referendum is really clutch to us continuing our operations, which are 24/7 - 365 days a year."

The final results of the referendum will be made official tomorrow.