Search and Rescue

B.C.'s diverse and rugged geography and many outdoor recreational opportunities has led to more recorded search and rescue incidents than in other parts of the country. There are approximately 2,500 registered search and rescue volunteers throughout the province who are organized into groups. They may be called upon to assist police in searching for lost recreationalists or to help in accessing and transporting injured people if specialized skills or equipment are needed. They also provide support to local communities during emergencies by helping distribute information during evacuations and other critical response activities.

BC Search and Rescue Association logo


The BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) represents all of the volunteer ground search and rescue groups in B.C. Learn more on the BC Search and Rescue Association website.



Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer logo


You too can be part of the Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer team. To become a registered Emergency Management BC (EMBC) volunteer, contact the Emergency Management BC regional office closest to you.