The Technical Search and Rescue (TSR) team was formed at the request of the Grande Prairie R.C.M.P. in the fall of August 1995 because they recognized a need for search and rescue (SAR) services. The R.C.M.P. then assembled a core group of volunteers to undertake this initiative. At this point TSR researched SAR standards both federally and provincially, conducted a membership drive, engaged in a vulnerability assessment of the local area and began a training process designed specifically to meet the requirements prescribed by SAR Alberta.
Through our established relationships with local emergency service organizations we have trained select individuals to enable us to support SAR operations in the areas of SAR Management, Swift Water Rescue, Slope evacuation, Man Tracking and Evidence Searches.
Through our own efforts and resources we have achieved the following:
- Provide training to a bulk of the membership to the minimum of SAR Alberta standards
- Established relationships with local businesses to support TSR in the involvement of SAR & training operations
- Acquired various SAR equipment to provide the service
- Provide education to various community groups
So far our training has enabled us to provide the community with essential services and education. These include the promotion of the “Lost in the Woods” program, first aid services at various community events, distribution of the “Trip Plan for Survival” and participation in various city of Grande Prairie events, while continuing to meet the needs for SAR services.
Technical Search & Rescue operates under a strict Code of Conduct that all of our officers, directors, members and volunteers are subject to. In the interests of transparency this Code of Conduct is available to the public to review. The Code of Conduct provides protection from retribution against any person reporting a breach in good faith. Our Conduct and Competence committee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org