Important dates

Application deadline: January 15, 2020

Extension/Course Change requests: April 1, 2021

Course completion: May 31, 2021

Reporting document deadlines: June 30, 2021

Overview

The Ground Search and Rescue Program (GSAR) provides funding to support:

  • increased training availability for technical rescue and ground search and rescue personnel
  • increasing the skills and capability of technical rescue and ground search and rescue personnel

Key outcomes of the program include:

  • increasing the capability of Alberta’s search and rescue communities to respond to ground and inland searches
  • enhancing Alberta’s system for managing emergencies

For more information, read the most recent Ground Search and Rescue: Program Guidelines 2019/2020.

Funding

Grant allocation will be dependent on:

  • the course, exercise or workshop being offered
  • the number of participating stakeholders
  • the benefit to the region in terms of improving the safety system

Funding is made as a lump-sum payment for the eligible course, exercise or workshop.

Funding requirements

To receive funds, you, your group or organization must:

  • have met all conditions of any previous grants that your group/organization received
  • agree to cover any costs over and above the grant
  • apply by the deadline by submitting an application, including any letters of support

Eligible entities

Eligible entities include Ground Search and Rescue and technical rescue groups serving Albertans.

Ineligible entities

Ineligible entities include:

  • groups that do not have a current proof of registration under the Alberta Societies Act
  • groups that did not meet previous years’ compliance requirements

Eligible project costs

The following courses and activities are eligible for funding:

Search and rescue (SAR) leadership and management

Course Name Course Description
2-day Team Leader SAR-trained and experienced volunteers learn the necessary management skills to lead and conduct the resources during a search.
2-day SAR Search Manager Recertification This refresher course focusing on initial response is a priority course. Teams in regions are encouraged to train together and to bring in their local police to participate in this course. Participation is limited to certified Search Managers.
Tabletop Exercise Exercises focusing on SAR management in a regional or multi-team participation.
Provincial Exercise Live exercise utilizing resources typically involved in SAR activities. This exercise has resources from across the province.
5-day Search Manager SAR trained and experienced volunteers learn the necessary management skills to lead and conduct a search.
Train the Trainer Participants learn to teach the basic entry level search and rescue skills and theory.
SAR Training Specialized training programs (will be evaluated on a case by case basis).

SAR Skills

Course Name Course Description
All terrain vehicle or Utility Task Vehicle Safety Course In accordance with Canada Safety Council Standard
Boating Course In accordance with Canada Safety Council Standard
Snowmobile Course In accordance with Canada Safety Council Standard
Man-tracking Participants learn to use clues and evidence left behind by the missing person(s).
Global positioning system Training As applicable to course, but application must include an explanation of the course required, number of attendees anticipated, and substantiation of the requirement.
SAR Searcher Course Participants learn the basic entry-level search and rescue skills and theory.
SAR Training Specialized training programs (will be evaluated on a case by case basis).

Rescue skills

Course Name Course Description
Wilderness First Aid Basic and/or advanced course. Wilderness First Aid at the St. John’s Ambulance or Red Cross level includes a recertification for Basic First Aid/CPR/AED.
Swift Water Rescue As applicable to course, but application must include an explanation of the course required, number of attendees anticipated, and substantiation of the requirement.
Rope Rescue NFPA 1006 or British Columbia Cave Standard. Application must include an explanation of the course required, number of attendees anticipated, and substantiation of the requirement.
Standard First Aid In accordance with the Red Cross or
St. John’s Ambulance curriculum. See also Wilderness First Aid above.
Specialized Technical As applicable to course, but application must include an explanation of the course required, number of attendees anticipated, and substantiation of the requirement.
SAR Training Specialized training programs (will be evaluated on a case by case basis).

Ineligible project costs

Ineligible project costs include:

  • capital or equipment purchases, upgrades or repairs
  • training carried out before the Minister signs the Conditional Grant Agreement
  • student wages, travel, meals or subsistence

How to apply

Step 1. Read the guidelines

Read the most recent Ground Search and Rescue: Program Guidelines.

Step 2. Complete the application form

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Ground Services and Rescue application form (PDF, 107 KB)

Step 3. Fill out the Estimated Training Costs table

Fill out the Estimated Training Costs table in Appendix 2 of the most recent Ground Search and Rescue: Program Guidelines.

Step 4. Submit the application package

All applications must be received by the January 15, 2020 deadline.

Mail, or email your application form, current proof of registration under the Alberta Societies Act and proof of membership in good standing with SAR Alberta to:

Grants Coordinator
Public Safety Division
Alberta Municipal Affairs
16th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L4

Email: firecomm@gov.ab.ca

After you apply

Application criteria

Applications will be evaluated on history of past training received, a detailed training plan included in the application and regional training needs.

There is an emphasis on teams working together in regions (as much as geography allows). Applications that benefit multiple stakeholders and provide maximum benefit to the Alberta public safety system will get priority.

Successful applicants

Applicants will be notified with 2 and 1/2 months of the application deadline. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will receive a notification. The President and Treasurer of your SAR group must sign the CGA.

After the Minister or his representative signs the CGA, training can start.

The Minister’s decisions regarding grant funding are final.

Reporting requirements

Reporting documents are due June 30, 2021.

Use the GSAR Reporting Form to help fill out your reporting requirements.

Extensions and changes

Extension or change requests must be received prior to April 1, 2021.

Any material changes to the training plan, schedule or budget approved under this grant will require notification to, and approval by, Alberta Municipal Affairs.

Call the Grants Coordinator toll free at 1-866-421-6929 or email firecomm@gov.ab.ca to obtain an extension request/course change form.

Contact

Connect with the Public Safety Division Grants Coordinator if you have any questions about the program or these guidelines:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-644-1010 (within Canada and the United States)
Toll free: 1-866-421-6929
Email: firecomm@gov.ab.ca