Provincial emergency program (PEP) air volunteers

PEP Air is dedicated to the provision of air search support services to the National Search and Rescue Program. The organization is a member of the Civil Air Search and Rescue and works closely with both Emergency Management BC (EMBC) and the 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron with the Canadian Forces.

The B.C. government provides some funding to support PEP Air operations. PEP air volunteers that are part of a TASK registration (see Registration & ID page) will also receive WCB and liability coverage.

What volunteers do

PEP Air volunteers work with EMBC and the Canadian Forces to assist with searching for aircraft, boaters, hikers and others who are lost or injured. They also fly reconnaissance flights to report and take photographs of damage during floods, mudslides, and other disasters.

The organization includes 75 aircraft crewed by more than 557 pilots, spotters and navigators that assist with searching for aircraft, boaters, hikers and others who may be lost or injured.

How to join

The B.C. government doesn't directly recruit volunteers. Emergency Management BC (EMBC) works with PEP Air (a member of Civil Air Search & Rescue Association) to support emergency response throughout the province.


Volunteer resources

If you're a PEP Air volunteer, resources are available through member login on the PEP Air website. For convenience, we've also listed useful resources from the Emergency management BC policies page here.

Safety policy

EMBC is committed to the safety of all public safety lifeline volunteers. 

Code of conduct 

Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers (PSLV) have a high level of responsibility and accountability while performing their duties. The Code of Conduct documents outline the expectations and responsibilities of each registered volunteer, and contains the process for a breach of the Code of Conduct.

PEP air service

PEP air invoice (CASARA expense claim)