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.

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

KSAR IN THE NEWS

Kamloops man dies in snowmobiling accident near Barriere
Kamloops man dies in snowmobiling accident near Barriere
January 30, 2018
— CFJC Today— A Kamloops man died in a snowmobiling mishap just outside of Barriere over the weekend. Read the full story here. Source: http://cfjctoday.com/article/606913/kamloo
Make safety part of your outdoor adventures
Make safety part of your outdoor adventures
January 16, 2018
— CFJC Today— To say that winter cannot make up its mind this year would be an understatement. Read the full story here. Source: http://cfjctoday.com/column/605023/make-safety-pa
2017 a record year for Kamloops Search and Rescue
2017 a record year for Kamloops Search and Rescue
January 4, 2018
— CFJC Today— Kamloops Search and Rescue shattered a record for call outs in 2017. Read the full story here. Source: http://cfjctoday.com/article/603730/2017-record-year-kamloops
Kamloops Search and Rescue seeks new volunteers
Kamloops Search and Rescue seeks new volunteers
November 18, 2017
— CFJC Today— Kamloops Search and Rescue is seeking at least a dozen new volunteers as part of its fall recruitment. Read the full story here. Source: http://www.cfjctoday.com/ar
Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft
Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft
October 23, 2017
— Chemainus Valley Courier — Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her. Read the full story here. Source: http://www.chemai
SEARCH TEAMS FIND THE VEHICLE AND DOG OF A MISSING PRINCE GEORGE WOMAN
SEARCH TEAMS FIND THE VEHICLE AND DOG OF A MISSING PRINCE GEORGE WOMAN
October 19, 2017
— Radio NL — It’s a case of hoping for the best, but fearing for the worst for a missing Prince George woman. Read the full story here. Source: http://www.radionl.com/2017/10/19/

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