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About SARVAC

The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) is a registered not-for-profit and educational organization that supports, coordinates, develops, informs, promotes and implements CSA-approved search and rescue emergency response with the underlying principle of saving lives. Read more...

Winter Boat Rescue

On Saturday, January 30, 2016, Vernon Search and Rescue was called to respond to an RCMP request regarding a boater in distress, at night on Okanag...

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Strengthening the Ground SAR Role in Canada

This weekend, Ground SAR Groups from the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association will have an opportunity to meet in Chilliwack as a part of a SARVAC project funded by the National Search and Rescue Secretariat New Initiatives Funding entitled: “Strengthening the Ground Search and Rescue Role in Canada”.

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British Columbia commits $10 million for B.C. ground search and rescue

NEWS RELEASE NORTH VANCOUVER - 􀀃Ground search and rescue volunteers are known for providing an outstretched hand-of-help to the lost or inju...

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New Hug-A-Tree and Survive Video

Exciting news! SARVAC is pleased to launch a newly revised version of the Hug-A-Tree and Survive video which is now available on AdventureSmart....

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Missing hunter in NS's Annapolis Valley found safe in woods north of Middleton

RCMP say the man is in good health but has minor injuries and is cold and wet  

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Patient Monitor to Vernon SAR

The Vernon (BC) Search & Rescue team has received a state-of-the-art piece of equipment that will help them save more lives.  View video...

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300

SAR Teams in Canada

12,000

Volunteers

100,000

Training Hours Annually

300,000

Person-Hours on Searches Annually

SARVAC Associations

CSA Certified

SARVAC and CSA continue to collaborate on the development of the Core Curriculum for GSAR in Canada.

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Get Informed & Go Outdoors

A national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians and visitors to Canada to "Get informed and go outdoors".

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SAR Volunteer Tax Credit

SARVAC has prepared Guidelines to assist in making claims for the Federal Tax Credit for GSAR Volunteers.

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