BVSAR Welcomes 16 Trainees

BVSAR adds new members to the group about every 18 to 24 months. The Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) course teaches incident command structure, basic survival skills, navigation, and patient packaging and transportation.

by Colleen Atherton

The course includes 70 hours of and involves both theory and practical coursework. Names of interested community members are collected between course offerings and members are selected following attendance at an information session, application submission, and interviews.

Although it has been challenging to deliver the GSAR course under the current circumstances, we’ve adapted. Our current group of MITs has been incredibly dedicated and has made the best of the situation.

BVSAR began training 16 new members (members in training – MITs) in the fall of 2020, cautiously hoping that we would be able to continue meeting in person throughout the pandemic. We ceased holding in-person training in November 2020 following the release of public health orders restricting in-person gatherings. We have completed the theory portions of five of six modules that comprise the GSAR course. The sixth, navigation, and all the practical portions will be completed once provincial restrictions are rescinded.

Although it has been challenging to deliver the GSAR course under the current circumstances, we’ve adapted. Our current group of MITs has been incredibly dedicated and has made the best of the situation.

To volunteer with BVSAR, you do not need to complete GSAR training. There are opportunities for volunteers to assist with fundraising, administration, etc. If you are interested in volunteering with BVSAR, please email info@bvsar.com.

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