Goulais River to Host Northern Ontario region SAREX – August 13th


Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) Teams will be conducting 4 regional SAREXs across the province of Ontario in the following locations: Sault Ste. Marie area (NORTHERN), London (WESTERN), Ottawa (EASTERN) and Gravenhurst (CENTRAL).

Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association (OSARVA) is a not-for-profit organization that operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ontario Provincial Police and acts as the umbrella agency for Ontario Volunteer SAR teams. OSARVA provides certification training standards, identification and record keeping, and is the liaison with the OPP. OSARVA’s main focus is to ensure that all volunteer teams are properly trained to do the job that they are being tasked to do – “find the lost person”.

The funding for these exercises comes from the SAR New Incentives Fund (NIF) Program administered by the National Search Secretariat and funded by Public Safety Canada – Government of Canada. OSARVA applied for a grant in 2014 to assist Ground Search and Rescue teams in the Province to enhance Incident Command training, establish a Team Leader Program, improve communications and reporting, and exercise teams throughout the province with the goal of improving interoperability. The NIF Merit Board approved OSARVA and its member teams in Ontario, for a two-year grant . Representatives from 18 Ontario teams have had input into the development of this program.

Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association (OSARVA) is pleased to announce that Sault Search & Rescue, will be hosting and participating in a Northern Ontario region SAREX August 13th. Also taking part or assisting with this exercise will be: Ontario Provincial Police, Goulais Fire & Rescue, Thunder Bay SAR, North Shore SAR, Timmins Porcupine SAR

This SAREX is meant to establish and showcase team training standards, interoperability between agencies, build communication between agencies and allow teams to do what they do best – find the lost person.


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