About Us

KSAR operates as a volunteer, community-based, search and rescue organization with a core of some 45 members.

On average, KSAR is called out for about 35 tasks a year to assist the RCMP, BC Ambulance Service and BC Coroners Office. In addition to training and society administration, we are kept busy with more than 5,000 volunteer hours annually.

Community Support

Kamloops Search and Rescue volunteers regularly assist in promoting education to the public in outdoor safety.

This includes:

  • Presenting the Adventuresmart Outdoor Safety (Hug A Tree, Survive Outside) programs to schools kids throughout our community; an average of 2000 elementary students each year
  • Emergency Preparedness Week
  • McQueen Lake Survival  – hands-on training to high school students
  • Girl Guides Nite Trek – first aid support
  • Presentations to Service Clubs

History

Kamloops Search and Rescue originated in the early 1970’s as a volunteer group trained to Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) standards. Sponsored by the City of Kamloops as part of its emergency preparedness program, the group regularly provided assistance to the RCMP for search and rescue activities throughout Kamloops and the surrounding area. In 1994, as the City of Kamloops expanded the rescue capacity of its fire service, the volunteers elected to incorporate as an independent non-profit society. Members span all ages and walks of life, but all have a common interest in providing an important, life-saving service to the public, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Current Number of Volunteers
99
Approximate Number of Volunteer Hours Last Year
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Number of Tasks Last Year

KSAR IN THE NEWS

Make smart decisions outdoors over B.C. Day long weekend
Make smart decisions outdoors over B.C. Day long weekend
August 3, 2018
— Vernon Morning Star — Bad decision-making causes excessive reliance on search and rescue volunteers. Read the full story here. https://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/make-smart-de
Water Safety in the Southern Interior
Water Safety in the Southern Interior
August 2, 2018
— CFJC Today— Water safety is front and centre for Kamloops RCMP and Kamloops Search and Rescue these days. Read the full story here. Source: https://cfjctoday.com/article/631687
Phenomenal numbers of mushroom pickers flock to BC in June
Phenomenal numbers of mushroom pickers flock to BC in June
June 17, 2018
— Kelowna Now— Last year’s wildfire season in British Columia's Southern Interior was one for the record books. Read the full story here. Source: https://www.kelownanow.com/water
Kamloops Search and Rescue members honoured
Kamloops Search and Rescue members honoured
June 12, 2018
— Kamloops This Week— Alec Farquharson and Clive Giolma recognized for helping to increase safety awareness through the AdventureSmart prevention program Read the full story here. Sourc
Weekend rescue prompts search-crew warning to mushroom pickers seeking bumper B.C. crop
Weekend rescue prompts search-crew warning to mushroom pickers seeking bumper B.C. crop
June 6, 2018
— CBC News— Kamloops Search and Rescue fears spike in calls as post-wildfire ‘goldmine’ draws fungus foragers to Interior. Read the full story here. Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/ca
Searchers locate missing mushroom picker near Loon Lake
Searchers locate missing mushroom picker near Loon Lake
June 4, 2018
— CFJC Today— As foragers enjoy what is likely to be a huge mushroom picking season, Kamloops Search and Rescue is asking people to let someone know of their whereabouts. Read the full

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