Fernie Search and Rescue

Fernie Search and Rescue has confirmed that they remain unaffected by the reported turmoil between BC SAR and Emergency Management and Climate Readiness.

British Columbia’s Premier, David Eby, has expressed deep concern over allegations of mistreatment and misconduct outlined in a strongly worded letter from leaders within the province’s search and rescue (SAR) community. The letter specifically points fingers at the province’s Emergency Management and Climate Readiness ministry, highlighting incidents of bullying, intimidation, sexism, and threats allegedly committed by some ministry staff members. It further accuses the provincial government of overlooking valuable technological advancements. In response, Premier Eby has pledged to address these concerns and take appropriate action.

“I am profoundly concerned by the allegations that are raised in this letter,” Premier Eby stated. He emphasized the vital role played by search and rescue teams across the province, many of whom are volunteers ready to respond to distress calls, often in the middle of the night, and risk their lives to save others.


Premier Eby also noted that the minister responsible for the ministry in question has already reached out to those who signed the letter. “They have his commitment, and my commitment, that we will address these issues and provide the necessary support,” Eby reassured.

Amidst the concerns raised in the letter, it’s worth noting that Fernie Search and Rescue has commented, stating that they remain unaffected by the current turmoil being reported in the press. This reassurance highlights the dedication and resilience of the Fernie SAR team and their ongoing commitment to serving our community. The commitment from Premier Eby to address these issues is seen as a positive step towards ensuring a safe and respectful working environment for SAR teams and a more effective emergency response system in British Columbia.

Fernie Search and Rescue

Fernie Search and Rescue is a wilderness emergency response group that acts on behalf of Emergency Management BC.

The group is comprised of volunteers who assist people in emergencies in the backcountry. Fernie Search and Rescue can be tasked by various agencies, including the RCMP, the British Columbia Ambulance Service or BCAS, Fire /Rescue, local municipalities and the Department of National Defence.

Members of the public needing a SAR response should call 911, ask for the RCMP or BCAS and state that the nature of the emergency is in the backcountry and needs a SAR response.

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