Columbia Valley
Search and Rescue

Proudly serving the Columbia Valley and surrounding area

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Who We Are

Columbia Valley Search and Rescue (“CVSAR”) is a volunteer, non-profit charitable Society that started in 1972. We provide assistance to local, provincial and federal agencies in ground search and rescue (SAR) operations. Operating under the guidelines of Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC), CVSAR’s primary role is a community resource to assist the RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, local Fire Departments, Emergency Operations Centre, the coroner or other authorized tasking agency in ground search and rescue operations.


CVSAR’s dedicated volunteers are committed to public safety, especially in the backcountry. Members’ training begins with the Justice Institute of BC’s Ground Search and Rescue Training program followed by monthly training in all aspects for all members. Members contribute a significant time commitment and pride themselves in their readiness for the broad range of requests they handle annually.


Covering over 10,000 square kilometers, CVSAR responds to requests from Brisco to Canal Flats and conducts its operations on the traditional territory of the Shuswap and Ktunaxa people.

What We Do

Once notified by the tasking agency such as the RCMP, CVSAR volunteers respond to a variety of emergencies including ground search and rescue, organized avalanche response, mountain rope rescue and swiftwater rescue. In addition, CVSAR has been called upon to assist municipalities such as in times of fire or flood.

Our Values

CVSAR is guided by values that define our conduct and actions collectively as a Society, as a team and as individual team members.

  • Safety
  • Teamwork
  • Professionalism – in our conduct and execution of tasks
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Accountability – to the subject, the team and ourselves

Please keep these values in mind as you engage with our SAR group.

Our Mission

To provide trained and dedicated ground search and rescue services, emergency disaster response services, public safety and community education to the Columbia Valley and beyond.

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Recent News

We have selected our new GSAR cohort for 2020-2021!

We have selected our new GSAR cohort for 2020-2021! Thank you to everyone who applied for this recruitment period. We received a high number of applicants with exceptional experiences and skills. The Membership Committee appreciated your time and patience with their new applicant process. Please check back here or on our social media for when […]