Becoming a Member
Thank you for your interest in Campbell River Search and Rescue. In order to become a member of Campbell River Search and Rescue (CRSAR), there are several steps that must be taken.
1. Join us for an information session
To kick off our recruitment drive, we hold an open house and information session at our hall. This event will give you a chance to meet some of our members, tour our facilities, and learn more about being a Search and Rescue volunteer.
Our next planned recruitment drive for will be in the fall of 2020, at which time we will hold an open house and information session. If you are especially eager, please contact us and we may be able to arrange a visit or tour.
2. Submit an application
All potential candidates must be 19 years of age or over.
New applicants are required to complete the downloadable application form and drop it off at the Campbell River Volunteer Centre during their (limited) business hours. When you bring the completed forms to the Volunteer Centre, they can give you the form for a criminal record check, which you can have completed by the RCMP at no cost to you. Otherwise, the police will charge for this service.
You will also need a driver’s abstract. These can be obtained at a Service BC location, by phone at 1-800-663-3051 or online from ICBC: Driving Records
You will also be required to achieve and maintain Wilderness First Aid certification (or high level industry first aid) once you have joined the group. Training for this requirement will provided at no cost.
3. Attend our Ground Search & Rescue (GSAR) training
Training for GSAR consists of 80 hours of instruction, split between classroom work and practical exercises. Campbell River SAR generally runs this course over two months in the winter/spring. This course covers a variety of skills related to search and rescue including search techniques, wilderness survival, navigation, communications, helicopter safety and the basics of incident command systems. Participants should be prepared for field work in rain or shine!
Next Recruitment Drive – 2020/1
Our next recruitment drive has begun, albeit with a COVID-19 twist. In lieu of our usual open house and information night, we’re planning a Facebook Live event. Join us:
At 7:00pm Thursday September 17th
On our Facebook Live Page
Following the information session, applicants will be asked to submit an application package, criminal record check, and driver’s abstract.
Following that, we will be conducting interviews for as many applicants as possible, likely by Zoom or some other digital platform.
Finally, our training class will begin in early 2021 (if public health orders allow of course).
If you’d like to get the whole deal, check out our Facebook event!
Members often choose to train in a variety of specialized disciplines with SAR
- Ground Search Team Member 100% 100%
- AdventureSmart Presenter 24% 24%
- Organized Avalanche Response Team Member 31% 31%
- Light Urban SAR 29% 29%
- Rope Rescue Team Member 36% 36%
- Swiftwater Rescue Technician 22% 22%
- Track Aware 9% 9%
- Wilderness First Aid 47% 47%