Princeton Ground Search and Rescue Society

Princeton Ground Search and Rescue Society (PGSAR) is a registered non-profit Volunteer Search and Rescue team operating out of the Town of Princeton, British Columbia. Provides emergency Search and Rescue services throughout the South Okanagan Similkameen and Provincially

Princeton GSAR logoOur Impact Why We Exist

Its primary function is that of a community resource to assist the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) in a variety of search and rescue functions. It is also a resource for the Town of Princeton’s and Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Emergency plans. The team is also a member of the South Okanagan Similkameen Search and Rescue Committee (SOSSAR). This committee is comprised of the Princeton, Penticton, Oliver/Osoyoos, and Keremeos SAR teams. We have an agreement to assist each other with Mutual response when required.

Our Story What We Do

PGSAR formed in 1999, became a society in 2000, registered charity in 2008 Our coverage area is South to the US border, North to Summit Lakes/Pike Mtn, West to Allison Pass, East to Hedley. Our area follows the RCMP Boundary’s, Our coverage area is over 5,000 sq/km We meet weekly for training, all members are trained in GSAR, all have first aid, and we are NOT PAID It estimated that the value of this provincially donated service, save the taxpayer about $4 million/year.

Our Programs How We Do It

We are all trained and certified  to the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) GSAR 100 course and have first aid certification. We train weekly in all areas and techniques of Search and Rescue

With support form Emergencey Managment BC (EMBC) , we can be tasked by; RCMP for searches, rescues, evidence searches, BC Ambulance Service for back country rescues Coroner for body recovery, EMBC for civil emergency’s, Regional District Okanagan Similkameen, Town of Princeton, EMBC for civil emergencies, Fire Departments,  IIOB evidence searches, Province wide Mutual Aid, Rescue Coordination Centre

What You Can Do



Remember the Ten Essentials;


2.Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)

3.Sunglasses and sunscreen

4.Extra clothing

5.Headlamp (or flashlight)

6.First-aid supplies




10.Extra food


Randy Rorvik
SAR Manager Secratary / Treasurer
Charitable Number: 875458812RR0001

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