Central Fraser Valley Search & Rescue is currently recruiting and looking for members from the communities of Langley and Abbotsford to join our team. We are a group of dedicated volunteers intent on providing unparalleled service when called upon by local and provincial agencies. Think you have what it takes? If you are a team player, love adventure and have a desire to help others, we would love to hear from you. Please ensure that you read the following information about becoming a member before applying.
Before applying you need to understand the time commitment required as a team member of CFVSAR. Beyond the three hours of regular training each week are occasional weekend courses, public education sessions, and community events. Actual search and rescue calls can be as frequent as twice per week, with each lasting between 4 hours and several days.
Members In Training (MIT) spend their first eight months learning the Ground Search & Rescue (GSAR) skills and techniques required to become an effective member of a SAR team. MITs spend the next several months applying those skills and must be voted in as a full team member at the end of their probationary period.
Areas We Cover
While SAR teams may be asked to deploy anywhere in the province, our primary service area is bordered by the Fraser River to the North, Chilliwack to the east, the American border to the south, and Surrey to the west. Members will often travel in emergency vehicles, however, you may be required to have your own transportation to specific locations within our service area.
Gear & Knowledge
We strongly recommend you have the appropriate clothing, shelter, and knowledge to protect yourself against any environmental elements that may occur during the recruiting process. As an MIT, you may find it necessary to fine-tune your gear to better suit the needs of the team and most importantly, yourself.
In addition to the above, we ask that:
• Potential members be at least 19 years old
• Be able to commit a minimum of 3 years to the team
• Have a valid class 5 driver's license
Step One — Info Night
On September 18 @ 19:30, 2018, we encourage you to join us at our Non-Compulsory information session at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in Abbotsford.
Step Two — Online Course
Complete an online course (EMRG-1703) about the Search and Rescue (SAR) model used in BC, and the roles and responsibilities of each component in the SAR structure. Click here to enrol and bring completed certificate to over-night hike happening on Oct 27, 2018.
Step Three — Criminal Record Check
Complete a criminal record check by visiting your local police detachment. Bring completed check to over-night hike happening on Oct 27, 2018.
Step Four — Day Hike
On October 13, 2018 @ 08:30 in the lower parking lot, we will be holding a compulsory day-hike on Sumas Mountain.
Step Five — Over-night Hike
On October 27 & 28, 2018, we will be holding a compulsory over-night hike on Sumas Mountain. Remember to bring your completed criminal record check & EMRG-1703 certificate.
If you are able to fulfill the above steps, then we encourage you to fill out an application form today.
Only successful candidates will be contacted to take part in a Ground Search and Rescue Course starting January 2019.