So others may live.

 

Our Mission

The Georgian Bay Volunteer Search and Rescue team is a highly trained, not for profit organization providing support to police agencies of jurisdiction in the form of equipment and trained search and rescue personnel. GBVSAR has search and rescue business relationships with Central OPP, Barrie Police Services, Midland Police Services and South Simcoe Police Services.

A Brief History

The Georgian Bay Volunteer Search and Rescue Team (GBVSAR) was established in 1998 and joined with 18 other volunteer Search and Rescue teams in Ontario under the Ontario Volunteer Search and Rescue Association (OSARVA). Like other SAR teams in Ontario, GBVSAR provides police and other agencies with professional volunteers in the form of highly trained and equipped search and rescue personnel who are available 24/7.

Training Program

The GBVSAR training program ensures that each member is prepared and trained above the certification set out by Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association and the Ontario Provincial Police. The team trains on various topics such as search patterns, clue awareness, compass, ropes, and knots, map reading and GPS. GBVSAR has approximately 40 volunteer members, most of whom provide much of their own equipment necessary for their search pack. Other key items such as our command post, rescue gear, and insurance are paid for through local fundraising efforts.

Other Work

GBVSAR also provides various public awareness programs such as Adventure Smart – Hug A Tree and Survive program to interested schools or children’s groups. GBVSAR also participates with Kids Printz and is highly involved within the community promoting outdoor safety at various community events around Simcoe County and beyond.

If you would like further information about GBVSAR and how you can become a member, please contact us.

2 months ago

Georgian Bay Volunteer Search & Rescue

Great day for a mock search, missing person really looks like one of our own!! ... See MoreSee Less

Great day for a mock search, missing person really looks like one of our own!!

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Good job keep up the good work Thank You

So proud of all of you searchers!!

Recertification today for some of our members. Great dedication team! ... See MoreSee Less

Recertification today for some of our members. Great dedication team!

4 months ago

Georgian Bay Volunteer Search & Rescue

Training with Canadian cadets
120 eager teenagers ready to tackle the forests and learn search patterns, clue awareness, and tallies
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Training with Canadian cadets 
120 eager teenagers ready to tackle the forests and learn search patterns, clue awareness, and tallies

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Are those army or air cadets?

Signing our MOU with Barrie Police. ... See MoreSee Less

Signing our MOU with Barrie Police.

4 months ago

Georgian Bay Volunteer Search & Rescue

What a great idea!What a great way to support GBVSAR and have a great night out to.! ... See MoreSee Less

What a great idea!
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