Abstract & Bio

Search and Rescue in British Columbia

Ian Foss, Director Search and Rescue - EMBC
  • Discussion on SAR in BC – Air, Marine & Ground SAR

- Examples from personal experience

- Role of GSAR and supports in place

  • Who is responsible for each discipline and how to request their assistance

- Requesting agencies and their role

  • Timeline of SAR in BC

- We have come a long way

  • Future vison for SAR


Ian Foss, Director of Search and Rescue (SAR) Emergency Management BC. Prior to his current role, Ian was an EMBC as a Regional Manager on Vancouver Island for 3.5 years as well as working in most of the regions in a PREOC during activations. Ian’s current leadership position was launched as a Search and Rescue volunteer over 20 years ago. Ten years ago, Ian was still an active member of Golden SAR when he moved to the Victoria area and began his career with EMBC in the Emergency coordination centre. During his time with Golden SAR, he was a team leader, both in the field as a SAR Manager & administratively as president of the organization. Ian   helped BCSARA with the development of the GSAR Field Handbook and participated in several high-profile rescues as a team member or the media liaison. Also, during this time as a volunteer, Ian instructed Swiftwater Rescue, Advanced First Aid, was a BC Adventure Smart Hug-a-Tree presenter and Managed hundreds of tasks.

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