Arrowsmith SAR is responsible for all land and inland water searches and rescues from Cook Creek to Lantzville, up to the east end of Cameron Lake and to the islands of Lasqueti and Jedidiah. We work with all other groups around the province, the RCMP, local Fire Departments and BC Ambulance to provide the best response and care for those who are injured or missing in BC.
All Search and Rescue groups in BC run through Emergency Management of British Columbia and most of our training is provided by the Justice Institute of British Columbia and some from other training partners. All of BC Search and Rescue groups are 100% volunteer and on-call 24/7, 365 days a year.
ASAR members are all Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) certified and may continue their training to our specialty teams. To become a GSAR member, volunteers must undergo extensive training such as basic search techniques/types, basic rope rescue, basic water safety, navigation by map and compass, the use of a GPS, radio commands, overnight survival, wilderness first aid and helicopter safety. These skills are passed on by other GSAR members. All SAR members in BC are not paid for the time they contribute.
In addition to regular GSAR training hours, rope rescue members must spend the minimum training requirement to hold a valid certification. Members are trained in slope rescues, high angle rescues, stretcher rigging and subject packaging.