Almost a year after our catastrophic fire (http://westcoastsar.org/news/fire-2013) and we are getting back to full strength again. In fact we are stronger than we were before. Our hall has been refinished inside, we have a new much more capable truck,our rope and swift water gear has been replaced, and we have cool new jackets! There is still lots to do but we are seeing the results from all our hard work. Thanks to everyone who has helped make this happen.
Stay tuned for news on a GSAR volunteer training session this winter.
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 24 volunteer members.
Search and Rescue services are more important to the Clayoquot Sound Region due to the increased level of tourist and other activities in the region following its designation as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.