The requirements to become a Search & Rescue Responder will vary from group to group, some basic criteria that are required for all SAR Responders is:

  • Applicants must be 18 year or older; and
  • Standard First Aid; and
  • Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Checks from your local law enforcement agency; and
  • Make a minimum commitment of service to the group of your choice.


Basic Search & Rescue training will be provided by your group and will include topics such as:

  • Map & GPS navigation
  • Introduction to Tracking
  • Basic Casualty treatment & transport
  • Search Types & Tactics
  • Evidence handling
  • 24 hour survival
  • Radio procedure
  • Introduction to Incident command systems
  • Essential camp fire lighting methods
  • Back-country camp shelter construction
  • Plus many more

To find the Search & Rescue group closest to you please visit the Area of Operations map.