Our Background

The Westcoast Inland Search and Rescue Society is a non-profit society whose purpose is to provide search and rescue assistance to the Provincial Emergency Program of the Province of British Columbia on land and inland waters.  

The Westcoast Inland Search and Rescue (WISAR) Society is based in the communities of Tofino and Ucluelet and provides Ground and Inland Water Search and Rescue services to local police authorities (RCMP and National Park Wardens) for Clayoquot Sound, and parts of Barkley Sound. These lands comprise the traditional territories of the Ahousaht, Ucluelet, Toquaht, Tla-o-qui-aht, and Hesquiaht First Nations. In addition, the Society responds to mutual aid requests from other parts of the Province of British Columbia. The Society currently has 32 volunteer members.

Search and Rescue services are more important to the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound Region due to the increased level of tourist and other activities in the region following its designation as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.