Saskatoon Search and Rescue works closely with a number of other organizations both locally and nationally to provide search and rescue services, establish a high level of training for SAR volunteers and help to ensure the safety and security of all citizens.
Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers (SARSAV) – The Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers is the umbrella organization that provides a provincial voice for 15 Search and Rescue Chapters in Saskatchewan.
Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) – The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) provides a national voice for ground search and rescue volunteers in Canada to address issues of common concern, to develop consistency and promote standardization or portability of programs and volunteers and deliver initiatives that benefit and support all ground search and rescue volunteers in Canada as well as the general public. SARVAC represents the thirteen provincial and territorial volunteer Ground Search and Rescue Associations in Canada. The Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer representatives from each of the provinces and territories. Ultimately, SARVAC represents the interests of 12,000 Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) volunteers throughout Canada who provide search and rescue services on land and inland waters.
National Search and Rescue Secretariat – The National Search and Rescue Secretariat serves as a central coordinator for the National SAR Program, with direct responsibility and accountability to the Minister of National Defence, as the Lead Minister for SAR. The Secretariat focuses on national and international coordination, policy and program support, and helps facilitate cross-jurisdictional efforts in such areas as prevention and interoperability. Of particular note, the Secretariat has responsibility for leading Canada’s engagement in COSPAS-SARSAT, administering the SAR New Initiatives Fund, and organizing the annual SARscene conference.
Saskatoon Emergency Measures Organization – Should an emergency situation arise in Saskatoon, be it severe weather, a dangerous goods spill, or an airline crash, a range of agencies (including Saskatoon Search and Rescue) must pull together to provide a coordinated response. Saskatoon’s Emergency Measures Organization Coordinator works with those agencies to ensure Saskatoon is ready to respond in the event of a major emergency or disaster.
Saskatoon Police Service – The Saskatoon Police Service is one of SSAR’s agencies of jurisdiction and may call upon us for assistance in a variety of circumstances such as locating lost/missing persons, door-to-door notifications or evacuations.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Saskatchewan – The RCMP is one of SSAR’s agencies of jurisdiction and may call upon us for assistance in a variety of circumstances such as locating lost/missing persons, door-to-door notifications or evacuations.
Saskatoon Fire Department – The Saskatoon Fire Department is another of the agencies that are part of the Saskatoon Emergency Measures Organization. Firefighters respond to more than just fire emergencies and, in fact, the majority of firefighters are trained in emergency rescue operations that will be required in the event of a major emergency or disaster in the Saskatoon area.
Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency – SPSA is responsible for provincial emergency management, fire safety and wildfire management in our province; and managing Saskatchewan’s 911 emergency dispatching services. The SPSA’s vision is to enhance, support and integrate public safety in Saskatchewan. The agency’s mission is to safeguard and protect the people property and resources of Saskatchewan through partnerships, co-ordinated planning, education, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery.
Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police (Missing Persons) – The Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police (SACP) is the voice of policing in Saskatchewan and provides leadership by working with communities, other human service agencies such as Justice, Health and Education to achieve safe communities. For several years, all police services have been working together to share information on historical cases, which includes missing persons and cases of found human remains. This information is now being shared with the public in hopes of generating more tips to find missing persons.