Penticton & District Emergency Program Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
The Penticton and District Search and Rescue Society's constitution states the following purposes:
To affiliate with E.M.B.C and liaise with the Municipal and Regional District Emergency Programs in the Penticton area to increase the awareness of the community in outdoor safety, wilderness survival, search and rescue techniques, first aid and all forms of rescue training.
To make ourselves readily available, when possible, for mutual aid to other communities and agencies provided it does not leave the communities of Pentiction and area unprotected. To participate in select community events. To hold assets, both property and equipment for Search & Rescue purposes.
Our Story What We Do
For over 40 years, The Penticton and District Emergency Program Society (Penticton and District Search and Rescue) has been providing professional volunteer search and rescue services to the citizens and visitors of the South Okanagan. Initially stated as a Ground search and rescue team, the team has since expanded into more specialized search and rescue specialties including: rope rescue, swift water rescue, flat water rescue, flat ice rescue, helicopter external transport system (long line) rescue, medical first responders, tracking, communications, incident command, search management, dog teams, avalanche response, and search and rescue instruction. The team currently has a roster of 54 trained members. In 2015 PenSAR trained an additional 18 new members.
Our Programs How We Do It
Under direction from Emergency Management BC, PenSAR provides a team of highly-trained professional volunteers to respond to search and rescue emergencies in the South Okanagan and, when requested, across BC. This service is offered whenever needed and without remuneration. On every mission and training exercise PenSAR volunteers must apply the values of Courage, Teamwork, Passion, Service, Accountability and Curiosity to save lives, reduce suffering and safely return home at the end of the day. Penticton and District Emergency Program Society provides the ìbehind-the-scenesî support to the Penticton and District Search and Rescue team. This includes funding, logistics, administration, training, policy development, performance and safety reviews and research. The high workload of the search and rescue team necessitates a support service equally committed to the core values of Emergency Management BC.
What You Can Do
All PENSAR members are professionally trained and certified through JIBC.
PENSAR has multple technical rescue teams to help save lives and rescue people who are lost, missing or in immanent danger.
-Ground Search and Rescue
-Ice and Flat Water Rescue
-HETS (Helicopter Rescue)
-Tracking and Dog Search Teams
-Rope Rescue / High Angle Rescue
All PENSAR members are also First Responder medical attendants, trained to triage and provide first aid to injured persons.