Central Cariboo Search and Rescue

Volunteers with the Central Cariboo Search and Rescue (CCSAR) Unit provide assistance to the RCMP and BC Ambulance Services to:

  • assist motor vehicle accident victims;
  • search for missing persons;
  • locate missing aircraft;
  • assist at disaster scenes such as fires, floods and landslides; and,
  • provide back up to agencies who provide emergency support for disaster victims.

The operations are based in Williams Lake and are a function of the Cariboo Regional District.

Auto Extrication

Auto extrication is the removal of trapped or injured persons from a vehicle. Volunteers are equipped for an emergency response with specialized equipment to quickly and safely remove trapped accident victims.

Land Search and Rescue

Land search and rescue members search for missing persons on land and water in both urban and rural areas. We may need to search for missing children, hunters, hikers, snowmobilers or victims of crime. Searchers often work in remote, rugged areas with difficult access.


Volunteers communicate between the search and rescue scene and the command centre, usually in Williams Lake. This is accomplished through our network of radios and repeaters or through radio links provided by cooperating agencies.

Air Search

Volunteers act as air spotters, navigators, or pilots in private or commercial airplanes or helicopters to search for missing or overdue aircraft or lost persons. Volunteers assist members of the Provincial Emergency Program - Air Division, the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association or Department of National Defense - 442 Squadron from Comox in these searches.

Become a Member!

  • No previous experience necessary
  • All required personal protective equipment and training are provided at no cost
  • Only have to fill out an application form, driver’s abstract, and criminal record check
  • Tax credits provided to volunteers from the federal government who serve at least 200 hours per year
  • On duty insurance coverage

To join, contact the hall at 250-398-5445 or ccsar@cariboord.ca.

You can obtain more information by visiting the Central Cariboo Search & Rescue Website at http://www.ccsar.ca

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