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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 2017, 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

Thank you to everyone who applied for our spring recruitment drive.  Applications are now closed for this GSAR session.  If you are interested in joining Campbell River Search and Rescue, please keep an eye out here, and on our social media platforms for the announcement of our next recruitment drive.  Recruitment typically begins with an open house in the fall.

CRSAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Some Membership Statistics


Over half our members put in 200+ hours last year

Members often choose to train in a variety of specialized disciplines with SAR

  • Ground Search Team Member 100%
  • AdventureSmart Presenter 24%
  • Organized Avalanche Response Team Member 31%
  • Light Urban SAR 29%
  • Rope Rescue Team Member 36%
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician 22%
  • Track Aware 9%
  • Wilderness First Aid 47%