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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.