Welcome to the Cowichan Search & Rescue Headquarters!
We are a not-for-profit association in British Columbia. Our mandate is to serve the community around the Cowichan Valley and its surroundings.
We are under the direction of the RCMP at all times and it they who determine the need for a ‘callout’. Once on a ‘task’, all available personnel respond to the callout and a search or rescue is initiated.
Search and rescue (SAR) is now considered to be a fourth emergency service, but the major difference is that, unlike the police, ambulance, and fire, we are unpaid volunteers. All our personnel train long and hard throughout the year, and in most cases, weekly, in order to promptly provide the best in services to the general public when they are in need.