Calgary Search and Rescue Association (CALSARA) is a registered charitable organization dedicated to providing fully-trained volunteers to assist local agencies such as City of Calgary Police Service, RCMP, MD of Rockyview, Municipal Police Services, in ground search and rescue operations.
We were founded in 1993 by former members of CFB Calgary after the Canadian Armed Forces left the city. Charitable Registration # 0978742-59
Tasking assignments include:
When called upon by the authorities to help in a search, our members are ready and able to be deployed into the field within hours.
Upon setting up a base camp and command post near the point last seen or last known position, searchers are briefed by our experienced search managers about the subject and circumstances, broken into groups of three or more and spread out around the search area.
When located, the individual(s) is stabilized, secured and evacuated from the area.
Our funding sources include:
The Lions Club has chosen CALSARA as the recipient of the Charity Golf Tournament in the past. Proceeds helped purchase our Mule (ATV) and trailer. Proceeds have gone into our new building fund plus operations and maintenance. Last year’s proceeds went towards our new command post, to replace our aging unit, which was donated to us by CPS in 2005.