Phase of Clean-Up and Recovery in Atlantic Canada: Hurricane Fiona

Posted on September 28, 2022 at 15:35 in General News

GSAR teams across Atlantic Canada are prepared to continue providing support. Currently, Prince Edward Island Ground Search and Rescue, Nova Scotia Ground Search and Rescue Association and Newfoundland and Labrador Search and Rescue Association teams are active within the communities impacted most heavily by Hurricane Fiona, who have significant damage to critical infrastructure, homes and […]

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Humanitarian Workforce Project – Phase 2 Update

Posted on September 12, 2022 at 17:24 in General News

On May 16, 2022, Public Safety Canada advised SARVAC that a submission for Phase 2 “Supporting a  Humanitarian Workforce to Respond to COVID-19 and Other Large-Scale Emergencies” program had  been approved with the formal agreement signed on July 6, 2022.   The currently approved agreement will be in place until March 31, 2023.  Deliverables  With the […]

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Guidelines for SARVAC AdventureSmart Stipend

Posted on August 19, 2022 at 16:21 in General News

The AdventureSmart Stipend is back! The purpose behind the stipend is to help offset minor travel and meal costs when delivering AdventureSmart programs (for parking, mileage and or meals over lunch time etc.) as no other cost are reimbursed. For teams to qualify for the stipend they must meet these guidelines. Be associated with a […]

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SARVAC Interim Assistant National Prevention Coordinators

Posted on August 16, 2022 at 21:46 in General News

The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada is proud to announce recent changes to the SARVAC/AdventureSmart team including the recruitment of two Interim Assistant National Coordinators in efforts to streamline and strengthen program direction under SARVAC’s Humanitarian Workforce Initiative with Public Safety Canada. With the development of new initiatives and a continued focus on expanding […]

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The Ground Search and Rescue – National Accreditation and Certification Pilot (NACP)

Posted on June 24, 2022 at 17:11 in General News

What is the GSAR-NACP? Certification as part of this program is National Recognition that a Searcher, Team Leader and/or SAR Manager have met and are fully trained to the CSA Z1620-15 Core competency standards for ground search and rescue operations:  Searcher, Team Leader, and SAR Manager. Timeline of the National Accreditation and Certification Pilot (NACP) […]

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WELCOME TO SUMMER 2022 (Spring Recap)

Posted on June 23, 2022 at 15:38 in General News

(Dedicated to the GSAR members from across Canada who we’ve lost this year) On behalf of SARVAC we want to wish all of our members, those in training (MITs), and auxiliary team members across the country a safe and happy Summer. If you’re interested in what has happened on over the past few months, Check […]

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New provincial funding disbursed to B.C. search and rescue teams

Posted on June 16, 2022 at 19:06 in General News

Jun 15, 2022 | Press Release All 2022 funding received from the B.C. Government has now been disbursed to ground search and rescue (GSAR) groups across the province.  This is our first year to receive sustainable provincial funding and we thank the Province for its support.  This funding is a unique agreement in Canada and a […]

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Makkovik SAR (NLSARA) receive  RCMP Commendation for Bravery

Posted on May 19, 2022 at 16:39 in General News

Last night members of Makkovik SAR team received the RCMP Commendation for Bravery. On May 1, 2018: Errol Andersen Roy Martin Perry Voisey Perry Dyson Marvin Clarke Robert Dier Andy Edmonds Rex Voisey RCMP Cst Henry Broomfield received call of a downed aircraft in a mountainside, 80 kms SE of Makkovik. Weather conditions at the […]

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FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT: Canadian Non-Governmental Organizations Assisting with Emergency Management and Responses

Posted on May 4, 2022 at 19:06 in General News

Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness, announced $150 million for the Supporting a Humanitarian Workforce to Respond to COVID-19 and Other Large-Scale Emergencies (HWF) program to support both capacity building and domestic response resources to four of Canada’s top emergency management NGOs. To […]

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 National Volunteer Week

Posted on April 26, 2022 at 14:46 in General News

This “National Volunteer Week,” let’s celebrate the empathy, compassion and generosity of volunteers that connect communities and build a stronger Canada A message from our President at SARVAC: “I’m struck by the compassion, energy, and enthusiasm that our volunteers across Canada consistently bring to our communities. Nothing stops our searchers’ willingness to aid the public […]

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