What is Search and Rescue?
The search and rescue field has a number of different aspects to it hear in British Columbia. Most "search and rescue" groups in BC are volunteer, for example most of you will have heard of North Shore Search & Rescue and some of you may have even heard of Coquitlam Search & Rescue. These are just a few of the local search and rescue groups here in BC and there are many more.
All these groups fall under the jurisdiction of PEP (Provincial Emergency Program) and are made up of volunteers from around the local community. The groups meet on a regular basis and conduct a variety of training exercises. Most of the training is sanctioned by the Justice Institute of BC and is coordinated with PEP.
There is however another search and rescue group located in Vancouver and it also comes under the umbrella of PEP and that is Vancouver Urban Search & Rescue [Canada Task Force I (CAN TF-1)] Can TF-1 is made up of professional that are trained in the location of "lost" people but in the urban setting, for example victims of an earthquake.