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Replace our aging Command Vehicle

There is an urgent requirement to replace our critically-important Command Vehicle (CV).

The current 24-year-old CV is no longer a reliable or efficient unit, experiencing more frequent mechanical, electrical and technological issues.

The new Command Vehicle will serve as the mobile Incident Command Post and operational hub during searches. It will allow the effective use of advanced computer, mapping and communication technology.

This will allow monitoring the location of members in real time during a search, enhancing safety and improve our ability to meet community needs.

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We have completed our Phase II goal.  We need your support to reach Phase III.

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Salt Spring Search & Rescue Society
261 Fulford Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2K6

Campaign Contact: President Conrad Bowden email:



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Help Us Help Others

We are here for British Columbians!

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.



Membership Recruitment – We are RECRUITING! contact us for more information

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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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


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.