Government of Canada funds training and certification program to strengthen ground search and rescue in Canada
“Search and Rescue volunteers across the country and here in Avalon work so hard to keep Canadians safe. Nearly a million dollars in funding will help volunteers better respond to emergencies both big and small in a consistent, standardized manner. Canadians can be reassured that local volunteers will have more resources to help keep them safe, even when the worst case scenario occurs.”
- Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“On behalf of the GSAR community, I would like to thank the Government of Canada for the funding contribution, which allows SARVAC and its stakeholders to investigate, analyze, develop and implement a national accreditation and certification program which fully supports the SARVAC/CSA Core Competency Standards and Training Curriculum Standards for Searchers, Team Leaders and SAR Managers. The success of this project is a move towards a national integrated all-hazards emergency response by certified volunteer GSAR responders.”
- Cindy Sheppard, Executive Director, Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada
In Canada, search and rescue is a responsibility shared by governments, the military, volunteers, and industry groups.
There are approximately 15,000 search and rescue volunteers across Canada, representing ground, air and maritime domains.
Canada’s search and rescue area of responsibility is 18 million square kilometres of land and water, and includes the longest coastline in the world.
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