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Prince George Search and Rescue


Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) training happens on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM beginning in September, running through to May, including one weekend day every month or two. The PGSAR hall is in the old firehall on highway 97 north (4057 Hart Highway).

When visiting Prince George, members from other SAR teams are welcome to join us at 7:00 PM on any Wednesday night at our hall,during the training season.

Members from other SAR teams wanting to get credit for training attended at one of our meetings, must contact the Personnel Officer PERSONNEL@PGSAR.CA before attending a training session.  This is to ensure that we have sufficient training spaces available, and to discuss how credit can be given. Members who do not make arrangements with the Personnel Officer ahead of time cannot be given credit.

GSAR training is developed and coordinated by the Emergency Management Division of the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). The training is standardized province wide. This means that the training a volunteer receives in one community can be transferred to another. The basis for all SAR training is the GSAR course. This course is a minimum of 75 hours, but most communities (including Prince George) have expanded the course to about 100 hours. This ensures that the extensive material is adequately covered, that the students have the necessary practical experience, and that regionally significant issues such as avalanche rescue are included.

The GSAR course provides an overview to all aspects of GSAR and in-depth coverage of the basic skills required, such as map and compass. In addition to the topics in the GSAR manual, volunteers with PGSAR are expected to complete an eight hour first aid course, and participate in a six hour mock search and an overnight Snow cave exercise. Once a volunteer is certified in GSAR, he or she may take further training and become certified in a variety of different specialties like rope, swiftwater/ice rescue, tracking, or avalanche. Many of these specialties also have increasing levels of training, proficiency and leadership.