As a team of dedicated volunteers we strive to develop and maintain, with a high degree of proficiency, the skills necessary to better serve the public and ensure the safety of our members while performing SAR related tasks.
On call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, these unpaid professionals provide their time, their own gear and their dedication and expertise at no cost to the people of BC, and to the subjects they rescue. There are 80 Ground SAR Groups in BC representing approximately 2500 unpaid professionals on call at all times.
All SAR teams in BC operate under the policies, procedures and guidelines set out by Emergency Management BC. These include safety plans, standards for training and rescue equipment, and rules under which a SAR group may be activated, and “stood down.”