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Are you interested in becoming a Unit Member?

Lakehead Search and Rescue is looking for willing volunteers (18 years of age or older) who:

  1. Can work as a member of a team
  2. Possess outdoor experience
    (hiking, hunting, and / or camping experience, bush comfortability)
  3. Are in good health
    (must be in good physical condition in order to search)
  4. Possess basic navigational skills
    (knowledge or compass / GPS use, or the ability to learn)
  5. Have the required personal equipment / means of outfitting oneself in order to carry out Search and Rescue (SAR) operations

SARVAC has it’s own eLearning searcher program which encompasses SAR Searcher Basics, Logistics and Specialties. We highly recommend this as a introductory overview for individuals interested in, or looking to volunteer with GSAR in Canada.

Expectations of Unit Members

  • Participate as a searcher fully prepared and equipped for the search, search exercise (SAREX), weather, and area conditions.
  • Complete SAR Basic Certification as required by Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association (OSARVA). Participate in recertification as required.
  • Attend training activities to both improve, and to become proficient in, outdoors navigation, compass and GPS use, SAR medical, as well as clues and evidence identification.
  • Regularly attend Unit activities such as monthly general meetings, fund raising, bingos and public relation events.

NOTE: New members will maintain a probationary status for their first year with the unit. Full membership to the Lakehead Search and Rescue Unit (LSRU) is at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

If you feel you have the skills required to be a member of a SAR team and are interested in applying to become a unit member start now.

Print off the Ground Searcher Membership application form (download PDF) and send the completed original by mail to:

Lakehead Search and Rescue Unit Inc.,
411 John Paterson Dr.
Thunder Bay ON P7E 8M8

Once your application has been received and reviewed a unit member will contact you.