About Us

KSAR operates as a volunteer, community-based, search and rescue organization with a core of some 35 long-standing members.

On average, KSAR is called out for 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 3,000 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 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/
Kamloops Search and Rescue tasked to help one of their own
Kamloops Search and Rescue tasked to help one of their own
September 5, 2017
KAMLOOPS - It's been a fairly quiet summer for Kamloops Search and Rescue, but during the last long weekend of the season they received a call they weren't expecting. One of their own search and rescue team members called Sunday morning, Sept. 3, to say they were hurt and needed help.
Why a life jacket could save your life in the Thompson River
Why a life jacket could save your life in the Thompson River
July 5, 2017
KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops Search and Rescue manager is sending a strong message to people who plan to swim in rivers with strong currents like the Thompson River.
KSAR’s latest search: A name for their newest recruit
KSAR’s latest search: A name for their newest recruit
June 21, 2017
KAMLOOPS — KSAR is looking for a name for its newest furry recruit. The seven-week old Yellow Lab just arrived in Kamloops from Saskatoon and he is ready to start training. But first, handler Mike Ritcey needs to choose a name for the pup.

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