Important dates

Reporting document deadlines: June 30, 2020

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 disasters, emergencies, and searches
  • enhancing Alberta’s system for managing emergencies

For more information, read the most recent Ground Search and Rescue: Program Guidelines 2018/2019.

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.

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 Innovative 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 Innovative 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

Reporting requirements

Reporting documents are due June 30, 2020.

Use the GSAR - Reporting Form (PDF, 1.5 MB) to help fill out your reporting requirements.

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