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Wells Gray Search and Rescue accepts new members at any time of the year. Prospective members are encouraged to come to one of Wells Gray SAR’s regular training meetings held at 1900 on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. There will also be training on the 3rd Saturday as well. The 1st Thursday of the month is an optional practice.
Interested parties need to complete an application and fill out an information sheet. An RCMP security check and an interview with WGSAR executive are required. SAR members must be 19 years of age or 16–18 years of age with the permission of a parent or guardian. Basic outdoor skills, including back country navigation and the ability to travel safely outdoors at any time and in any weather are an advantage but are also included in the training program. A valid OFA1 or higher first aid certificate is required for Ground Search and Rescue qualification, but this training is paid for by WGSAR.
Knowledge of local trails, routes and recreation areas is an important asset as well as a volunteering spirit and commitment to community service. Volunteers must have a work and family life that will allow them to train and respond to callouts. Qualified Ground Search and Rescue volunteers are considered unpaid professionals in British Columbia and are expected to provide their own gear.
Wells Gray SAR provides training for members to obtain Ground Search and Rescue certification. This training involves about 75 h of training which will typically take at least six months to complete. Subsidized supplemental training for GSAR qualified volunteers is available in specialized areas including search management, swift water, avalanche, tracking and rope rescue.
For more information see the Training and Contact Us pages.