No Charge For

Search & Rescue

Our Goal Is To Save Lives

BCSARA Official Position Statement

The British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) and its member search and rescue groups do not believe in charging anyone for search or rescue in the province of BC, regardless of the reason they have found themselves requiring assistance.

BCSARA believes that the 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 BCSARA’s position that any delay in the deployment of Search and Rescue (SAR) services can negatively impact in the successful outcome of a SAR mission.

There are over 1500 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. At all times, the moral obligation to respond takes precedence over any thought of charging for the response. BCSARA member SAR groups will conduct search and rescue missions when requested to do so by the authorized requesting agencies without charge and regardless of the reason for assistance.

The governing body of the BCSARA consists of 16 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 goal of our member SAR groups is to save lives.

From the Board of the BC Search and Rescue Association
April 2021


P.O. Box 2176
Sidney BC
V8L 3S6

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

News Alerts

It is important to maintain perspective regarding SAR tasks, especially when the outcome is less than ideal.  The situation that led to the callout was not your doing, so don't own it. Own what's yours which is the assigned task, and take pride in how you and your team performed.


Hiker left July 7,
Hiker didn’t return July 9,
Hiker found July 22!

Found by the @BCGovFireInfo 👏🏾

Thx @SquamishSAR & 100 BCSAR volunteers from the area that provided mutual aid & support during this search.

Check out the Fairwind’s Passion magazine article by Jen Groundwater entitled “At Your Service: Professional Volunteers" The five minute read highlights Arrowsmith Search and Rescue's history and our dedicated team! #asar #bcsara #fairwindsliveyourpassion

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