Surrey Search and Rescue

Founded in 1973, Surrey Search and Rescue (SSAR) is a registered non-profit society devoted to the recovery of missing persons primarily in the Southwest region of British Columbia. Powered by a dedicated group of volunteers, SSAR also provides personal preparedness education and resources to the community through participation in special events and public engagements. Our members train and practice regularly so that we are always ready to answer the call. SSAR primarily covers the municipalities of Surrey, White Rock, Delta, and Richmond. Mutual Aid Support is also provided to other search and rescue organizations across British Columbia. The team's many capabilities include: ground search and rescue, rope rescue, mountain rescue, swiftwater rescue, inland water rescue, evidence searches, evacuation assistance, spotting and tracking.

Missing Persons

Surrey Search and Rescue responds to call-outs for missing, lost or injured persons. Call-outs are initiated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or the municipal police force with jurisdiction in the search area. If you wish to report a missing person, please contact your local police department.


Surrey Search and Rescue would like to thank the community for their ongoing support. Here are a few ways you can donate:

By cheque mailed to:
Surrey Search and Rescue Society
C/o firehall #1
8767- 132nd street
Surrey, BC
V3W 4P1

By e-transfer to:

All donations above $20 are eligible for a tax receipt (please include your full name and address).

Or online at:

Now Accepting Applications for the next Recruitment Intake

Although applications are accepted year-round, membership intake occurs once a year with successful applicants being invited to an intake interview. Selected applicants are then offered conditional membership as Members in Training (MITs) and are required to complete an in-house Ground Search and Rescue course (minimum 6 months) and attend regular training before applying for Active Member status.

For more info, visit our recruitment page.