Columbia Valley SAR

Welcome to Columbia Valley Search and Rescue

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What does CVSAR do?



Columbia Valley SAR (CVSAR) maintains a response capability for ground search, swiftwater rescue, rope rescue, and mountain rescue.  Members are comprised of volunteers from all backgrounds, including the general public, firefighters, paramedics, mountain guides, recreationalists, and even search dog handlers.

The group and it's equipment is based in Windermere, co-located with the Emergency Operations Center adjacent to the Windermere Fire Hall.  SAR members respond to emergencies from all over the Columbia Valley as far away as the Brisco area in the north, to Panorama, and south beyond Canal Flats.  CVSAR is seeking new members and interested candidates can apply through the link on this site.


Geographical area of CVSAR 



CVSAR covers a significant portion of south eastern British Columbia, with a considerable diversity of terrain. The area is mountainous with steep walls of poor quality rock unsuitable for technical climbing. The numerous valleys are deep, with fast flowing creeks and rivers, with some class 5 rapids.

CVSAR is responsible for approximately 20,000 square kilometers in the central East Kootenay, from the Purcell Mountains to the Rocky Mountains along the Alberta Border.  CVSAR's area is bordered by Golden SAR to the North and Kimberley SAR to the south.  CVSAR peridocially assists other regional SAR groups with extended or complex search and rescue operations, and regularly cross-trains with local emergency services, backcountry operators, and adventure outfitters.


Mission Statement


"Columbia Valley Search and Rescue maintains proficient, equipped and capable response teams for ground search, swift water rescue, rope rescue, mountain rescue, avalanche rescue and search dogs with their handlers."


Looking south at Lake Windermere in the Columbia Valley, British Columbia


This web site has been created by and is provided by VolunteerRescue of SKRPC Holdings Inc., Fernie, BC, Canada.