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Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue - Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue


Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue has played a vital role in the Comox Valley for over 40 years and we look forward to many more years of service.

We are a volunteer organization providing a wide range of search and rescue services, including rope and swift water rescue, avalanche rescue, and first aid. Our coverage area ranges from Oyster River in the north to Cook Creek in the south and from Buttle Lake in the west to the Georgia Strait in the east, including Denman and Hornby Islands. We also work closely with other Search and Rescue groups to provide mutual aid to communities across the province.

Our highly committed volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2017, our 60+ members collectively contributed over 12,000 hours to search and rescue operations, educational programs, and community events.

Donate to CV GSAR

Comox Valley GSAR like other SAR groups in BC relies upon donations and grants in order to maintain our equipment, train our volunteers and keep the lights on.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org! Faire un don maintenant par CanadaHelps.org!
5 days ago
Special Public Avalanche Warning for Mountains of Western Canada

Avalanche Canada has issued a Special Public Avalanche Warning for our region based on the rapid change in temperatures and persistent weak layers in the snowpack. Make conservative choices and stick ... See more

Widespread warning applies to all avalanche forecast regions in western Canada

1 week ago
Arrowsmith Search And Rescue

Always a great time training together with our neighbouring teams. Today it was swiftwater and rope rescue.

Today was a joint Rope and Swiftwater practice with our neighbours from Nanaimo SAR, Alberni Valley SAR and Comox Valley SAR! A total of 26 members.
It is important to keep up our training with other ... See more

2 weeks ago
Women of BCSARA 2019

It's International Women's Day and we'd like to give a huge shout out to all the amazing women on our team, and on teams across this province, including those at home, holding down the fort when the ... See more

Celebrating the many women volunteering for search and rescue in B.C.

2 weeks ago
Photos from Comox Valley Ground Search & Rescue's post

This weekend, rope team members spent some time practicing ascending and descending skills (including switching between the 2 mid rope). When rappelling, it's important to ensure you have a way to ... See more

3 weeks ago
British Columbia Search and Rescue Volunteer Memorial

Today volunteers from PEP Air, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association gathered in the Emergency Services Garden of Honor to remember our 17 ... See more

3 weeks ago
Photos from Comox Valley Ground Search & Rescue's post

Training doesn't often happen on bluebird days like today!

3 months ago
British Columbia Search and Rescue Association

Holiday Hours for the team

Schools are closed for winter break, so let the holidays begin! With that we want to remind everyone of the 80 recognized ground search and rescue groups’s hours over the holiday season, so please ... See more

3 months ago
Vancouver Island Avalanche Center Society

Lots of fresh snow in the mountains, but keep an eye on the avalanche bulletins if you're planning a back country trip. Tomorrow's forecast shows avalanche risk at High for Alpine and Treeline due ... See more

Avoid exposure to all avalanche terrain during the warm temperature spikes accompanied by rain events over this forecast period. The thin/shallow early season snowpack will quickly lose stability as ... See more

3 months ago
City of Courtenay

Please exercise caution near the Puntledge River over the next days. BC Hydro will be increasing flows to manage reservoir levels.

BC Hydro Update on Puntledge River Operations, Friday, December 14:

"Since the last operational update, the forecast has significantly worsened in potential inflows into the Comox Lake reservoir. ... See more

3 months ago
'Life threatening' avalanches possible through much of B.C.'s backcountry | CBC News

Is that snow up on them thar hills?

Everyone is eager to get out and play in the snow, but ensure you know before you go. Go into the backcountry prepared with the right gear and know how.
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Avalanche warnings have been issued for wide swaths of B.C.'s backcountry, after a major dump of snow in parts of the province.

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