Left to right: Claudia Goncalves

New Mission SAR graduates

Seven members complete ground search and rescue course

A graduation was held May 8 for the newest members of Mission Search and Rescue (MSAR).

The five- to six-month ground search and rescue course is administered by the Justice Institute of B.C. and teaches recruits the basics of search techniques, first aid and navigation.

This is the first level for any Mission SAR member and consists of both written and practical examinations.

MSAR is a registered non-profit organization in the province of British Columbia. Its primary function is that of a community resource to assist the RCMP, the BC Ambulance Service and the BC Coroners Service in a variety of search and rescue functions. All members are 100 per cent volunteer and are on call 24/7.