Ground Search & Rescue Course
About the Ground Search & Rescue Course
Ground Search & Rescue training is to standards set by the Provincial Emergency Program of BC. This allows SAR volunteers to be covered by WorkSafe BC when training and when responding to calls. The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) develops most of the training and course materials to meet those standards.
The Ground Search & Rescue, or GSAR course, is designed to teach volunteers to safety and effectively conduct ground and inland waterway searches and/or rescues. The GSAR course will build knowledge and skills in the following areas:
Basic Rope Management
Beyond a clear criminal record check, there are no prerequisites, though a level of physical fitness is recommended. The GSAR course is taught by volunteer instructors within the group, so there are no course fees. People who take the course are asked to give back to the group by attending practice sessions, searches and participating in fundraising and PR events.
We will be running a basic course for new members (Our Members in Training, or MIT's) in early 2015. If you are interested in this, please complete an application (link here) and either scan and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax it to 250-752-7774.