Critical Incident Stress Management

Mental Health For Volunteers

The BC Search and Rescue Association operates the largest all-volunteer critical incident support network in North America. We provide peer support, post-incident debriefing and resiliency resources to help our SAR volunteers deal with the stresses experienced during Search and Rescue operations.

What Is A Critical Incident?

Critical Incidents are powerful events that can potentially create a significant and strong physiological response at the time of the incident or at a later time.

Critical Incident Stress

Critical Incident Stress is a common reaction to abnormal events. SAR Volunteers are exposed to this stress as a part of their work. Learn more about critical incident stress.

Stress Management (CISM)

The Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) program delivers services to help SAR volunteers deal with critical incident stress. Learn about these tools and techniques here.

Any SAR member or family member of a SAR volunteer can activate the CISM program by calling 1-800-663-3456.

COVID-19 Impacts to the BCSARA CISM Program

Not All Wounds Are Visible

News Updates


P.O. Box 2176
Sidney BC
V8L 3S6

For Emergencies, Call 911 or
1-800-663-3456 (Satelite Phone)

News Alerts

Many of the recognized ground search and rescue groups across BC worked with the Buffalo. A day of transition

“Over the course of an hour, we had only managed to cross Kwai Lake on our way back to Lake Helen Mackenzie, hardly travelling more than 300 metres, and could still see our camp from the night before.” https://t.co/dWSdvds7mA

#Fernie and #Sparwood Search and Rescue (SAR) teams were involved in a major overnight extrication for an injured timber biker last night. @BCSARAssoc

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