The mission of the Society is to promote and develop search and rescue (SAR) capabilities and resources on all the Southern Gulf Islands, with the underlying purpose of saving lives.
The Society’s roles are to coordinate and manage SAR teams, provide emergency and medical assistance, logistical support, technical advice and communications in support of local RCMP and other authorized tasking agencies.
Specific responsibilities include:
providing resources, logistical and technical support during ground and inland water SAR operations, and
assisting the authorized tasking agencies in times of local emergencies.
The management of any SAR operation will follow the structure and policies established by Emergency Management BC (EMBC).
About SALT SPRING ISLAND SEARCH AND RESCUE
Salt Spring Island Search and Rescue (SAR) was founded in 1989 and operates under the Emergency Management of BC (EMBC). It is run by a group of dedicated volunteers trained to find and help missing or lost individuals, as well as to provide assistance during natural disasters like forest fires and earthquakes.
We are responsible for ground searches, both wilderness and urban, as well as inland waters (lakes and rivers) and shorelines.
Our primary geographic area is Salt Spring Island and the southern Gulf Islands, which includes Galiano, Mayne, Pender, Saturna, and more than 50 smaller islands in the vicinity. Combined, this area is over 348 square kilometres and is home to 14,750 residents.
We are activated, primarily, at the request of the RCMP, but other agencies can request our services: BC Ambulance Service, the Coroner’s Service, the Capital Regional District, Parks Canada, or the Ministry of Defense.
In addition to ground search and rescue duties, our skills and experience include the following:
• High Angle Ropes Rescue & Recovery
• First Aid
• Evidence Searches
• Emergency Evacuation – Planning & Procedure
• Mutual Aid to other SAR groups
Whatever the activities may be on any given day, it is Salt Spring SAR’s privilege and primary goal to serve the citizens of our community.