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
99
Operational Periods

KSAR IN THE NEWS

Record funding provided to B.C’s ground search and rescue groups
Record funding provided to B.C’s ground search and rescue groups
March 24, 2019
— CFJC News — COQUITLAM - The province's ground search and rescue groups will now have access to $18.6 million, after the BC Government pledged the record one-time funding. Read the fu
Sun Peaks hosts avalanche simulation
Sun Peaks hosts avalanche simulation
January 28, 2019
— CFJC News — SUN PEAKS — It was a successful weekend up at Sun Peaks Resort for an avalanche simulation and safety exercises Read the full story here. Source: https://cfjctoday.com
Kamloops Search and Rescue on hunt for new home base
Kamloops Search and Rescue on hunt for new home base
January 9, 2019
— CBC News — KAMLOOPS - Kamloops Search and Rescue on hunt for new home base Read the full story here. Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/kamloops-s
A look back at a busy 2018 for Kamloops Search and Rescue
A look back at a busy 2018 for Kamloops Search and Rescue
January 1, 2019
— CFJC Today — KAMLOOPS - A look back at a busy 2018 for Kamloops Search and Rescue Read the full story here. Source: https://www.cfjctoday.com/article/650489
KSAR warning to test ice before skating on frozen lakes
KSAR warning to test ice before skating on frozen lakes
December 14, 2018
— CFJC Today — KAMLOOPS - People skating on frozen lakes, KSAR warning to test ice before skating. Read the full story here. Source: https://www.cfjctoday.com/article/648925/peop
KSAR highlights trip plan importance after missing hunters found safe near Barriere
KSAR highlights trip plan importance after missing hunters found safe near Barriere
December 3, 2018
— CFJC Today — KAMLOOPS - KSAR highlights trip plan importance after missing hunters found safe near Barriere. Read the full story here. Source: https://www.cfjctoday.com/article

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