Register for SARSAV’s Data Management and SAR Resource Tracking MJSE #2

Prince Albert, SK
October 25th-26th-27th, 2019

This exercise is open to active members of SARSAV chapters who have reached a minimum of Searcher certification, CASARA ground and flight teams, employees of Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA), local / regional fire services, RCMP and other agencies by invite only.

To facilitate efficient team management, and ensure admittion please pre-register by submitting a complete individual registration online at:

Register at this link

Registration Deadline October 1st.


SARSAV Signs MOU with Municipal Police!!

On April 30th Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with Municipal Police Services during the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police – Spring Meeting.

This was an exciting and historic day for Municipal Police and SARSAV!!

SARSAV has worked closely with our Police agencies for over 23 years and we will continue to provide a resource of Professional SAR Volunteers to all of our Agencies Having Jurisdiction.

We are thankful for the work that our Police Services do in all missing person’s cases and are glad to sign a MOU that defines roles and responsibilities and is an agreement on how our agencies work together.

#SARpartners #MOU #WorkingTogether #SARSAV #FortheLostandMissing


Photo Credit: Greg Nikkel, Editor – Weyburn Review

Left to Right:

1. Chief Ken Aube, Investigations and Enforcement, Ministry of Environment
2. Ian McNeil, SARSAV Vice President/Member of La Loche SAR
3. Chief Jonathan Bergen, Prince Albert Police Service
4.Deputy Chief Murray Cowan, Estevan Police Service
5. Ané Roodt, SARSAV Treasurer/Member of Parkland SAR
6. Bobbi-Jean Buchanan, President of SARSAV
7. Chief Marlo Pritchard, Weyburn Police Service
8. Chief Richard Bourassa, Moose Jaw Police Service
9. Chief Jason Mochoruk, Luseland Police Service
10. Chief Warren Gherasim, Corman Park Police Service
11. Chief Evan Bray, Regina Police Service

Signer’s absent from photo:

Dalmeny Police Service

Wilton Police Service

File Hills Police Service


It is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week!

We would like to give a shout out to the Provincial Emergency Communications Center (PECC) Call takers and Dispatchers.

SARSAV’s 19 chapters and 250 field ready members are now able to be dispatched for Search and Rescue activations through the PECC on request of our Tasking Agencies.

Thank you for having our back out there!

Happy National Public Safety Telecommunications Week!

#SKPublicSafety #SARpartners


BrightSource Sponsorship

BrightSource is now an Official Equipment Sponsor for SARSAV!

They have supplied one 20″ SAE/DOT LED Bright Source light bar and one One free portable LED Work Lamp to each of our chapters.

SARSAV active members have access to pro deal discount.

Thank you BrightSource for your sponsorship of SARSAV and support of Ground Search and Rescue in Saskatchewan and Canada.

Sponsored by BrightSource


Professional Volunteer GSAR responders added to Provincial Tax Credit!!!


For the latest version of this news release, please visit:http://saskatchewan.ca/news

Finance 19-2446


Three new non-refundable tax credits are being created in recognition of the invaluable contributions to community safety made by Saskatchewan’s volunteer firefighters, search and rescue volunteers, and volunteer emergency medical first responders.

“Saskatchewan communities, particularly in rural areas, rely heavily on volunteers to respond to emergency situations,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said. “These volunteers put themselves at risk to protect the safety and well-being of people across Saskatchewan, and to respond to mass tragedies.”

“Our government understands volunteer firefighters, volunteer emergency medical first responders, and volunteer search and rescue members regularly perform selfless acts and put themselves in harm’s way for others throughout our great province,” Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding said. “These tax credits acknowledge the difficult and demanding work of these brave individuals, recognizes their ongoing training to be prepared for the call of duty, and hopefully encourages others to step into these volunteer roles to serve alongside their neighbours, which will enhance public safety in our communities.”

The new tax credits will come into effect beginning with the 2020 taxation year. Individuals who perform at least 200 hours of eligible volunteer services in a year, as certified by the organization managing the volunteer services, will be able to claim a $3,000 tax credit amount. Eligible volunteer services include responding to and being on call for search and rescue and other emergency calls, attending required meetings, and participating in required training.

To maintain consistency with similar federal tax credits:

• Individuals who perform at least 200 hours of combined volunteer firefighting services, volunteer search and rescue, and volunteer emergency medical first responder services will be able to claim one of the three credits.

• Individuals who receive honoraria for any of their volunteer emergency service duties may claim either the income exemption or one of the tax credits, but not both.

• Employees who are paid to provide similar services will not qualify for the volunteer tax credits. Canada Revenue Agency will administer all three of these new tax credits.


Government of Canada funds data management system for more efficient search and rescue in Saskatchewan

From: Public Safety Canada

News release

March 9, 2019
White City, Saskatchewan
Public Safety Canada

The search and rescue community works tirelessly to keep Canadians safe as they play, work and explore in the great outdoors across our country. The Government of Canada is determined to support these brave women and men with the tools and technology they need to best serve Canadians.

At his opening remarks at today’s Multi-Jurisdictional Search Exercise, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale highlighted the ongoing success of the Saskatchewan Data Management and SAR Resource Tracking: From Field to National Fora project funded under the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund (SAR NIF).

This funding of over $512,000 has been used in part to fund today’s exercise as well as provide the province of Saskatchewan with a comprehensive search and rescue incident and activity reporting system. As this project approaches its third year of implementation, the data management improvements have strengthened the Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers (SARSAV) ability to view and assess, in real time, what resources, equipment, personnel, and training levels are available at any given moment and manage them throughout an ongoing incident.


“Mounting an effective search and rescue operation is a highly technical undertaking. Success relies on well-trained, well-equipped and skilled individuals deployed in a way that is both tightly organized and flexible. This program will help keep Canadians safe by ensuring that responders are able to manage a search and rescue operation efficiently. The Government of Canada is proud to support initiatives like this one that result in a more effective and coordinated search and rescue capacity.”

– The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“SARSAV is appreciative of the SAR NIF program and the funding that this allows for a Provincial Data Management and SAR Resource Tracking project to be brought to Saskatchewan. Simply put, this will save lives! Support from Public Safety Canada through the National Search and Rescue Secretariat and the New Initiatives Fund with ongoing commitment to the professional volunteer SAR community is vital to the important work of our members as we respond to search efforts. This system will allow SARSAV to respond to a search emergency in a more coordinated way provincially, which allows a faster response in the event that you or your loved one becomes lost or missing.”

– Bobbi Buchanan, SARSAV President

Quick facts

  • 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.

Associated links


Scott Bardsley
Manager of Media and Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada