Becoming a Member
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 2018, 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!
2018 Recruitment Drive
Thanks to everyone who applied during our 2018 recruitment drive. We currently have 18 members in training going through their 100-hour GSAR training. Please watch this space, and our social media accounts for news about our next recruitment drive.
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%