What to know before you join
Thank you for your interest in joining Search and Rescue. Here is some info to help you decide if volunteering with our organization is right for you. Fort McMurray Search and Rescue is a non-profit organization funded by the United Way, corporate and private donations, as well as government grants. We are a trained volunteer organization that assists the local RCMP or RMWB Emergency Services with search and other related tasks.
The very nature of our businesses means that we are expected to perform at a professional level during an emergency. After the fact is the wrong time for us to prepare. Due to this fact we require a high level of commitment and training from our volunteers.
To be a qualified searcher in Alberta you are required to have the following
1. Search and Rescue Basics Fundamentals Course (Emergency Response Institute).
This course includes eleven, two hour week night training seasons and one twenty four hour skill assessment. Four of the weekly courses need to be repeated every year to be kept up to date.
2. Standard First Aid and Level “C” CPR (or equivalent).
3. Incident Command System 100 (ICS -100) http://www.aema.alberta.ca/ics-i-100