The Society, Search and Rescue Society of British Columbia (SARBC)

It all starts with an idea.  Search and Rescue Society of British Columbia.

In 1983 a new group was formed to help saves lives by promoting the exchange of information, developing new search techniques, speeding up the search and analysis process and to show why planning information is so important.

The founding beliefs remain today.

The goals and objectives of the Society are:

  • Maintain a specialized overhead management team
  • Research and analysis
  • Provide information/expertise to any SAR group
  • Develop training courses in modern SAR techniques
  • Promote the exchange of information between SAR groups in B.C., Canada and the U.S.
  • Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR)

SARBC is a non-profit, professional, uniformed organization which is funded by corporate sponsors, service clubs and contributions from the general public.

An Operations Centre is located in Victoria for all land and inland water requests.

Assistance offered to wilderness missing person’s families, BC SAR Groups, Law Enforcement agencies and Missing Children’s Organizations is provided, free of charge by the Society through the Overhead Management Team and Analysis Unit, or by the Special Services Unit (SSU)for physical response.

Overhead Management Team

For an external request, the Overhead Management Team provides analysis and recommendations only.  It is a second opinion, if you will, for BC SAR groups and other agencies. For an internal response (SARBC is lead agency), the Overhead Management Team is responsible for all aspects of managing the Incident. Everything from interviews to incident command to base camp operations and logistics is covered by the team. The Overhead Management Team does NOT assume the role of Search Management during an external response request. Seldom does the Overhead Management Team even arrive on scene. We are set up to respond from our Victoria Base using modern communications equipment to direct the data to be analyzed from the field via a BC wide communications system.