In the News

Oct 18, 2016

Yesterday marked the final day of the SARScene 2016 conference program, following a week of opportunities for training, education and exercises, as well as presentations and moderated discussions from Search and Rescue (SAR) experts.

SARScene 2016 was co-hosted by Public Safety Canada and the Alberta Municipal Affairs’ Office of the Fire Commissioner. Canada’s 24th annual national Search and Rescue (SAR) conference brought together representatives from federal departments, provincial and territorial search and rescue organizations, first responders, volunteer associations and representatives from volunteer SAR teams across Canada.

"SARScene 2016 has demonstrated the search and rescue community’s commitment to continuous improvement. From advances in technology, to innovative exercises and training, and the sharing of best practices, it’s clear that SAR will continue to evolve to best serve Canadians," said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. "I want to thank our co-hosts and everyone who participated, particularly those who participated in the consultations at the SAR Forum."

Delegates were also invited to take part in the SAR Forum to share their views on the National Search and Rescue Program. This consultation will inform Public Safety Canada’s development of national governance and policy framework.

Public Safety awarded three National SAR Program Awards of Excellence to deserving members of the SAR community, and the provincial government also presented four Alberta Emergency Service Medals and congratulated the more than 20 SAR member that received medals across Alberta.

In Canada, SAR is a shared responsibility among federal, provincial/territorial and municipal organizations, supported by air, ground and marine volunteer SAR organizations.

There are more than 15,000 trained SAR volunteers in Canada that form an important part of the National SAR Program.