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

No leads in search for man
No leads in search for man
April 1, 2018
— Castanet — The search for a missing 72-year-old man continued into its third day Friday in West Kelowna, with no success. Lawrence Hamilton was last seen on March 25 at 3 p.m., leavi
Kamloops Search and Rescue alarmed by unresolved missing persons cases
Kamloops Search and Rescue alarmed by unresolved missing persons cases
March 20, 2018
— Radio NL — The search manager for Kamloops Search and Rescue calls it an alarming situation and one he has never seen before. Alan Hobler says it is not just Ryan Shtuka in Sun Peaks
Weekend search comes up empty – $5,000 reward offered for information
Weekend search comes up empty – $5,000 reward offered for information
February 26, 2018
— Sun Peaks Independent News — After a second weekend of searching for missing resident Ryan Shtuka Kamloops RCMP said extensive searches on Feb. 24 failed to uncover any clues. On Sat
Kamloops RCMP asking for information about missing woman
Kamloops RCMP asking for information about missing woman
February 8, 2018
— InfoNews.ca — KAMLOOPS – Police are asking the public to provide information regarding the woman who went missing in the Lafarge area. Kamloops RCMP are continuing their search for T
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

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