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While the CV has been able to accommodate up to four management staff, it is clearly an outdated design due to increased demands from a functional standpoint.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

SAR on Facebook
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April 7th, 2024; #ssisar was tasked for a medical rescue at the rock climbing routes up in Mount Maxwell Provicial park for a climber who sustained a severe lower leg injury after a fall.

Working with BCEHS Paramedics on scene, the injured person was stabilized, splinted, provided rewarming and heat insulation for the long steep stretcher carry to the summit. The injured climber was then evacuated in our Equipment vehicle to the ambulance staging area, before transport to local hospital for further care.

This long and complex evacuation shows incredible teamwork and cooperation between SSISAR and BCEHS Paramedics.

Fellow climbers were very prepared and had provided the injured climber with good insulation and comfort, we thank them for their excellent support and assistance during this task.

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April 7th, 2024; #SSISAR was tasked for a medical rescue at the rock climbing routes up in Mount Maxwell Provicial park for a climber who sustained a severe lower leg injury after a fall.

Working with BCEHS Paramedics on scene, the injured person was stabilized, splinted, provided rewarming and heat insulation for the long steep stretcher carry to the summit. The injured climber was then evacuated in our Equipment vehicle to the ambulance staging area, before transport to local hospital for further care.

This long and complex evacuation shows incredible teamwork and cooperation between SSISAR and BCEHS Paramedics.

Fellow climbers were very prepared and had provided the injured climber with good insulation and comfort, we thank them for their excellent support and assistance during this task.

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Join us today, March 9th 2024 to celebrate the incredible life of our great friend and colleague, Tudor Davies.Our friend Tudor Davies has left us with so many great memories. Join is today as we celebrate his life. ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us today, March 9th 2024 to celebrate the incredible life of our great friend and colleague, Tudor Davies.

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate all of our incredibly dedicated, talented and inspirational women. These selfless unpaid professional #volunteers form the strong core of our team, from expert human trackers, rope team members, #GSAR instructors and search team leaders!

Thank you for all that you do, today and everyday.

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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.