Ground Search and Rescue is the backbone of SAR and is a basic requirement for all qualified search and rescue members in British Columbia. All members must pass an intensive 100 hour training course in order to obtain their GSAR qualification and become a full member of Kamloops Search and Rescue.
Some of the roles and responsibilities of GSAR members:
- Basic first aid including patient packaging and stretcher evacuation
- Map and compass navigation skills as well as GPS operations
- Radio communications
- Knowledge of a variety of different search types
- Basic swiftwater and rope rescue awareness
- Outdoor survival
- The ability to operate in all conditions and terrain throughout the year
- Be a strong team player
GSAR members are lead by experienced members in the field who have achieved their Ground Search Team Leader qualification. These experienced team leaders are responsible for working with the SAR Managers or other members of the incident command team.