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Salt Spring Search and Rescue

We are Salt Spring Search and Rescue

Salt Spring Island Search & Rescue has been active in our community since 1989. We are a dedicated group of approximately 40 unpaid professional volunteers trained to search for, rescue and assist missing persons.  Our members are highly skilled in teamwork, ground search tactics, first aid, wilderness navigation, tracking, survival, radio communications, high-angle rope rescue, and helicopter safety.

We serve Salt Spring Island and the surrounding Southern Gulf Islands. We also respond to mutual aid requests from neighbouring SAR groups on Vancouver Island and mainland BC.

Salt Spring SAR is the perfect volunteer vocation for islanders with a passion for the outdoors who are eager to challenge themselves, in a friendly and supportive environment.

Lost, injured, or facing natural disaster, we are here 24/7, 365 days/year with NO COST for SAR Services.

  

SAR has successfully completed fundraising for our new Command Vehicle

Many thanks to all generous donors including 100 Women Who Care, The Royal Canadian Legion, Country Grocer, Foundations and individuals.

The Past


1998 Converted Grumman Bread Van

The current 24 year-old Command Vehicle (CV) has been invaluable over two decades but has reached the end of its useful service. It has been out-of-service frequently and is incapable of accessing many of the areas where searches are required.

While the CV has been able to accommodate up to four management staff, it is clearly an outdated design due to increased demands from a functional standpoint.

The Future

2022 Ford F550 with custom-built Incident Command Box

The new Command Vehicle (CV) will have significant technical and safety up-grades including 4-wheel drive that will greatly expand the areas under which the CV can be deployed.

A reputable manufacturer is now building the new Command Vehicle based on a proven design used by other SAR groups.

The CV will be the operations hub of all search, rescue and emergency activities on Salt Spring and other Southern Gulf Islands.

Membership

Membership Recruitment
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Learn rewarding new skills in first aid, wilderness survival and high-angle rope rescue

Save lives and reunite lost people with their family and friends

Join a friendly, enthusiastic group of islanders who are committed to ongoing personal development and community support

Challenge yourself to try something new while helping others on Salt Spring Island and beyond

Be part of an effort that unites more than 3,000 volunteers from all walks of life in 79 SAR groups across British Columbia

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What a busy start to 2024 for Salt Spring #SAR!
Receiving our first tasking of the year #SSISAR received a subsequent 6 requests for assistance between February 18th and 25th.

These included numerous medical rescue/ stretcher carry requests on #SaltSpring, missing hikers on another Southern Gulf Island, to assisting BCEHS Paramedics with a remote medical call, and mutual aid assistance to other Vancouver Island searches.

While SSISAR’s dedicated unpaid professional volunteers have been on their toes recently, they remain as always, available 24/7/365, with #nocostforrescue
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What a busy start to 2024 for Salt Spring #SAR! 
Receiving our first tasking of the year #SSISAR received a subsequent 6 requests for assistance between February 18th and 25th.

These included numerous medical rescue/ stretcher carry requests on #SaltSpring, missing hikers on another Southern Gulf Island, to assisting BCEHS Paramedics with a remote medical call, and mutual aid assistance to other Vancouver Island searches.

While SSISAR’s dedicated unpaid professional volunteers have been on their toes recently, they remain as always, available 24/7/365, with #nocostforrescue

We have sad news to pass along.

We regret to inform you all of the passing of Tudor Davies, one of our most impactful and inspiring members. He passed away surrounded by close friends and family after a courageous and dignified battle with Prostate Cancer.

Tudor was a force to reckon with, with charm and a impeccable sense of humour. He was full of rousing stories from his interesting and varied life. We have so many incredible memories of Tudor, and his time with SSISAR continues to resonate.

Although Tudor moved to the Okanagan a few years back to be closer to family, he still made regular visits to visit friends and family on Salt Spring. His rendition of Flanders Fields at the Salt Spring Remembrance Day Ceremonies was impactful and powerful.

In the weeks before Tudor's passing, he was awarded the SSISAR 2024 Judy Burch Memorial Award, which recognizes members that have made a continued outstand service to SSISAR and the Salt Spring Community. Tudor embodied this to a T, bringing in a life and soul to those around him.

We will miss you, our great friend. Rest In Peace Tudor, we will take it from here.

Shine on you crazy Diamond.

We want to extend our most sincere condolences to Gwen and the rest of Tudor many friends and family.
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1 month ago

January 11th, 2024
Be safe!Ended at: 10:43 AM PST Saturday 13 January 2024

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ARCTIC OUTFLOW WARNING
4:09 PM PST Wednesday 10 January 2024
The first Arctic intrusion of the year is on the horizon.

When: Thursday night to Saturday afternoon.

Where: Metro Vancouver, Greater Victoria, Fraser Valley and Southern Gulf Islands

Hazard: Risk of frostbite and hypothermia.

Wind chill value: minus 20.

Remarks: Arctic air combined with strong outflow winds gusting to 60 km/h will generate wind chill values of minus 20 beginning on Thursday night.

Wind chill values may moderate on Saturday afternoon but uncertainty remains on the timing of the warm-up.

Frostbite and hypothermia can occur within minutes if adequate precautions are not taken when outdoors. Any skin exposure will result in frostbite.

If outside, dress warmly in layers and stay dry. Cover as much exposed skin as possible to avoid frostbite.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-management/preparedbc/know-your-hazards/severe-weathe...
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2 months ago
January 11th, 2024
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Training

Ground Search & Rescue

All SAR members take an minimum 80-hour course when they join the team. This course includes the fundamental training in the following areas:

search types and techniques

wilderness navigation (map, compass, GPS)

survival skills / personal preparedness

communications

rope management

rescue techniques

basic tracking

helicopter safety

basic avalanche awareness

basic swift water rescue

Our Mandate

Salt Spring Island Search and Rescue (SAR) Society operates under the oversight of the Emergency Management BC (EMBC) program. We operate with dedicated volunteers trained to find and help missing or lost individuals, as well as provide assistance during natural disasters like forest fires and earthquakes.

We are responsible for wilderness and urban ground Search and Rescue missions, including inland waters and tidal shorelines.

Our primary geographic area of responsibility is Salt Spring Island and the southern Gulf Islands, which includes Galiano, Mayne, Pender, Saturna, and more than 50 smaller islands in the vicinity. We also provide mutual aid support to other SAR groups in British Columbia, as requested.

SAR members are skilled in first aid, tracking, wilderness navigation and survival, radio communications, high-angle rope rescue and helicopter safety. The group has been active since 1989 and our team has approximately 40 men and women, ranging in ages from 25 to 70.