How often do we meet?
Training schedules are determined by our Training Manager. We have weekly meetings/training every Thursday evening, and monthly scenerios on a Saturday. Often training will focus on particular needs of our area in addition to the regular practice of our core ground search and rescue skills. We also participate in many community events.
What are the minimum requirements?
Princeton GSAR has a minimum age of 16 years old. Our MIT application includes a requirement for a police background check, along with a minimum of a basic First Aid course. Members working in the field require a level of fitness, however we do always have needs or roles that can be filled by a variety of age or fitness levels. Above all, the time commitment and willingness to serve your community is paramount to your volunteer involvement.
How much time is involved?
Maintaining "Active" status with Princeton GSAR requires you to obtain a minimum of 50% attendance at both tasks and trainings. With over 20 calls a year, and more than 50 training sessions, this is a significant commitment. Over and above training and tasks, there is equipment management, fundraising, community events, and administrative hours that can be applied.
What kind of training can I get?
British Columbia’s network of EMBC recognized SAR groups utilize the training standards set out by EMBC in conjunction with training standards administered by the Justice Institute of BC. For the most part our courses are taught by volunteer instructors and private contractors. The initial standard of Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) is delivered in-house by GSAR Instructors. This 74 hour course is the minimum requirement and a prerequisite before other courses are offered.
Additional courses are offered at regional or provincial levels such as Team Leader, Rope Rescue Team member, Swift Water Rescue, Avalanche training etc.. Check out the SAR program within the Emergency Management Division of the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and read about the rescue techniques used in BC.