***Now Accepting Applications for the next Recruitment Intake - see below links to prepare your application package.***

Application Process

Although applications are accepted year-round, membership intake occurs once a year with successful applicants being invited to an intake interview. The interview is followed by a recruitment hike to test physical fitness and teamwork. 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.

Minimum Basic Requirements

The minimum basic requirements to join Surrey Search and Rescue are:

  • 19 Years of Age
  • Physically Fit
  • Valid First Aid Certificate (Minimum St. Johns Standard First Aid or Higher)
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver's License
  • Ability to Travel Safely in the Lower Mainland in All Weather
  • Basic Outdoors and Survival Skills
  • Knowledge and Experience in Local/Regional Areas, Parks, Trails and Mountains
  • Personal Survival Equipment (Minimum 24 Hour Survival Pack) and Basic Outdoor Gear
  • Home/Employment Situation That Allows for Call-Outs 24/7/365
  • A Commitment to a Minimum 2 Years Service
  • Ability to Complete All Required Training

Additional Skills

In addition to the above minimum requirements, SSAR looks for individuals who possess skills that can help the society grow. SSAR members serve not only as searchers but also as representatives of a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers.

  • Advanced First Aid Certification
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Certification
  • Experienced Radio Operators
  • Experienced Skiers, Rock/Mountain Climbers, Snowshoers and Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • Individuals with Accounting and Financial Expertise
  • Individuals with Administrative/Office Skills
  • Individuals with Supervisory and Leadership Skills
  • Individuals with Public Relations and Advertising Experience
  • Individuals with Teaching, Training and Education Experience (All Ages)
  • Individuals with an Extensive History of Volunteering

Answering the Call

Search and Rescue volunteers play an important role in helping individuals, families and communities, often during difficult and sensitive situations. Those considering membership in SSAR must be:

  • Compassionate
  • Empathetic
  • Sensitive
  • Non-Judgmental
  • Level-Headed
  • Team-Oriented
  • Safety Conscious
  • Tactful
  • Able to Deal with Difficult Situations

Apply Now

Please send your completed application to: Surrey Search and Rescue c/o Firehall #1, 8767 - 132 Street Surrey, BC, V3W 4P1 Canada, or email to: SSAR thanks all applicants for taking the time to inform us of their interest however only those selected for an intake interview will be contacted.