Search and Rescue Alberta is a network of teams across the province who are ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice – 24/7, 365 days a year. Commissioned by local tasking agencies including law enforcement, municipalities and emergency medical services, Search and Rescue Alberta teams respond by providing trained and equipped personnel during ground and inland water search and rescue incidents, first aid and medical first response support, emergency response, and other situations requiring technical specialties.
Search and rescue in Alberta began in the early 1990’s as a grass roots response to an identified need for trained people to look for lost individuals in wilderness settings. Over the last 30 years, teams have evolved into coordinated and trained resources with highly skilled responders, who not only volunteer their time but also a considerable amount of their own monies for gear, equipment, and ongoing training.
Today, it is estimated that Search and Rescue Alberta provides over $20 million annually in infrastructure support to agencies like regional police, fire and emergency response. Search and Rescue Alberta is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organized and run organization comprised of more than 1,400 volunteer members belonging to approximately 33 teams covering 6 regions.