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The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) is a registered not-for-profit and educational organization that supports, coordinates, develops, informs, promotes and implements search, rescue and emergency response with the underlying principle of saving lives.

SARVAC is administered by volunteers who train and practice search, rescue and survival skills in various parts of Canada . The organization is supported by the National Search and Rescue Secretariat and is funded through donations and fund-raising events. 

SARVAC takes pride in offering a vital National service.  In addition to its search and rescue activities, it provides a medium for liaison and the exchange of information among federal, provincial/territorial, local, and volunteer search and/or rescue agencies and organizations.

Our Mission
"To save lives by fostering, coordinating and encouraging excellence in volunteer search and rescue organizations in Canada." 



Our Vision
"To have a national community of skilled search and rescue volunteers whose contributions are valued and supported by the public and all levels of government."

SARVAC provides several trip documents to help you plan your wilderness trip.
Information on planning a wilderness trip and tips on what to do should you become lost.
Use this handy form  to list your departure, travel plans, when you expect to return, and what equipment you are taking. 

A handy pocket card with information on planning a trip, and what to do if you become lost. Print and carry this in your personal survival kit.

REGISTRATION FORM for Search and Rescue Atlantic Workshop at Debert Hospitality Centre in Debert, Nova Scotia on September 12-14, 2014.


Get informed & go outdoors!

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Learn more about ground search and rescue in Canada.

Click here to view a brief (90-second) introductory video.



The Official Website for CALLOUT: Search and Rescue TV Series.  Click to learn more about the exciting and challenging world of Search and Rescue.



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