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Our services

Ground Search and Rescue

Utilizing diverse courses and skills, this is the core of what we do. Our GSAR 100 course covers topics including navigation, tracking, first aid, survival, ice aware, and many more.

Rope Rescue

Any rescue where a rope is used to safely move the subject, the rescuer or both. In terrain where a slip or fall will have drastic consequences.


Tracking is a very useful technique for finding a lost person. It can vastly reduce the number of people and the amount of time it takes to find a lost person.

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What else we provide?

Evacuation Notices & Orders

As mandated by Emergency Management BC, Princeton Ground Search and Rescue is trained in delivering evacuation notices and orders. During the 2017 wildfire season, our team delivered over 400 notices.

Police Evidence Search

Upon request of the RCMP or local police agencies, our Search and Rescue team will conduct evidence searches. These searches include but are not limited to a closed grid, visual […]

Education Programs

Teaming up with AdventureSmart and other organizations, Princeton GSAR is able to offer many different education courses to adults, children and many others. Email us today to see a list […]

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Our Board of Directors

No Charge for Rescue

The British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) believes that the perceived or actual belief that a lost or injured person or their loved ones will be charged for a search and rescue response could directly affect the decision as to if or when a call for professional help will be made. It is our position that any delay in the deployment of Search and Rescue (SAR) services can negatively impact the outcome of a SAR mission. For the nearly 2500 volunteers that belong to the 80 registered search and rescue teams in the Province of British Columbia the moral obligation of helping those in need will always take precedence over political, legal, economic and jurisdictional issues. We conduct over 1300 responses in BC each year; from urban searches for people with dementia, wilderness searches for people who become lost on hikes, to backcountry rescues using technical expertise and equipment. The governing body of the BCSARA consists of 12 elected volunteer representatives from the BC SAR community and one representative from each of the partnering agencies – RCMP, Municipal Police, Emergency Management BC, BC Ambulance and Fire. The BCSARA will conduct search and rescue missions when requested to do so by the authorized tasking agencies for persons in danger or distress in the province of BC without charge. We will do so regardless of the reason they have found themselves requiring our assistance. Our goal is to save lives. From the Board of the BC Search and Rescue Association B.C. SAR Association January 2014

Latest news

10 Essentials

What to bring hiking-10 essentials The 10 essentials are survival items that are recommend for safe travel in the back country. Packing these items even for day hike is a […]

Data Management System

BCSARA is pleased to announce the completion of the selection process for the supply of a Data Management System for Search and Rescue in British Columbia; the successful bidder is […]

Trip Planning

Canada is a country of extremes – rugged mountains, glistening waters, lush rainforests, vast prairies, baron wastelands, icy glaciers, extensive coastlines. Though Canada’s scenery is breathtakingly beautiful, it also plays […]

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