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About Prince George

Search and Rescue

Prince George Search and Rescue is responsible for searching for lost individuals, evacuating injured persons, and assisting in other emergencies in the Prince George area. We also respond to Mutual Aid calls from around the province for large scale, long running searches that require more resources.

PGSAR members are unpaid professionals that are highly trained in wilderness skills and technical rescue. Our basic training program is approximately 100 hours of map, compass, survival, communications, and search techniques. After completing the basics, members can move on to specialities such as rope, swiftwater/ice rescue, tracking, or avalanche.

Most requests from the RCMP are to look for lost or overdue people, but we are sometimes also asked to assist them with evidence searches. The British Columbia Ambulance Service requests our service to assist with medical evacuations that are beyond their travel capabilities. The Coroners Service of British Columbia calls on PGSAR to assist them with the recovery of deceased individuals whom are difficult to get to.

There are 80 Search and Rescue (SAR) groups in British Columbia. They are maintained and coordinated by Emergency Management BC (EMBC). It does this as part of its overall responsibility for emergency preparedness and planning for disasters, floods, earthquakes etc.

A general meeting is held on the Third Wednesday of every second month. All members are encouraged to attend these meetings. The annual general meeting is held in May. Elections for expiring positions are held at that time.

Group Positions:

Registered members are encouraged to put their names forward at the annual general meeting. We will be looking for individuals interested in helping out with the wide variety of background tasks necessary to keep PGSAR functioning.

2017 Executive

Directors: Adam Hawkins, Andy Bogdan, Joel Bowden

A picture history of PGSAR command and response vehicles.