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
99
Number of Tasks Last Year

KSAR IN THE NEWS

Kamloops Search and Rescue seeking new recruits
Kamloops Search and Rescue seeking new recruits
October 17, 2018
— CFJC Today — KAMLOOPS - Kamloops Search and Rescue seeking new recruits Read the full story here. Source: https://cfjctoday.com/article/640897/kamloops-search-and-rescue-seekin
Behind the scenes look at helicopter dog training near Kamloops
Behind the scenes look at helicopter dog training near Kamloops
October 2, 2018
— Infotel — KAMLOOPS - Dogs play an important role in aiding search and rescue members with their missions. Read the full story here. Source: https://infotel.ca/newsitem/in-video
Search dog training camp taking place in Kamloops
Search dog training camp taking place in Kamloops
September 27, 2018
— Infotel — Search dog training camp taking place in Kamloops. Read the full story here. Source: https://infotel.ca/newsitem/search-dog-training-camp-taking-place-in-kamloops/it5
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

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