REASON #31 COWICHAN SEARCH AND RESCUE
The Cowichan Valley with his many trails, rivers and moutains is very lucky to have Cowichan Search and Rescue to help when things don’t go according to plan.Their territory spans the width of the Island from the Malahat summit in the south to the Chemainus River in the north. Within this territory, they provide 24-hour, 365-day coverage for people lost or injured in the wilderness. All members are volunteers and go thru a 90-hour Justice Institute training program to acquire the basic skills required of certified SAR. The group was originally formed in 1962 and registered as a society in 1992. Every member callouts are overseen by the RCMP, but can also come from the BC Coroners Service, Parks Canada, British Columbia Ambulance Service, fire departments, local government during civil emergencies and other SAR agencies for mutual support. The Cowichan Valley is very fortunate to have this amazing, dedicated group of volunteers.