About Cochrane SAR

Cochrane Search & Rescue Association (CSAR) focuses on the overall objective that we have deployable resources ready any minute of any day to respond to the needs of our community, our tasking agencies and our immediate “CSAR Family”.

Our Goals and Objectives

CSAR’s overall goal is to continually strive to improve our search and rescue capabilities to deliver a valuable service to our community and surrounding area. We will leverage member knowledge, equipment and technology to increase our search effectiveness.

Our Partners

We continually strive to build relationships within our community and work closely with other local search and rescue organizations and the various Government organizations that can, and frequently have, called us to respond to an emergency or search.

Local SAR Partners

Presently we are closely associated with Calgary Search and Rescue, Foothills Search and Rescue and Olds Search and Rescue.

It is our intent to develop these existing relationships as well as encourage a mutual growth and connection spanning the South West of the Rocky Mountains, foothills and prairie lands.

Tasking Agencies

CSAR work under the jurisdiction and area of Cochrane RCMP as well as collaborate with Cochrane Fire, Parks Canada, Kananaskis Emergency Services and Conservation Officers.

Our Resources

Over the last few years, CSAR has seen an increase in the level of professionalism and specialization in certain areas.  Our “bread and butter” are our Ground Search teams yet CSAR boasts additional resources in the form of a K9 Section, ATV Section, and Search Manager Team.

Ground Search

Perhaps the most important aspect of any SAR Organization, Ground SAR teams form the backbone of any missing person, evidence or other incident.  From groups of three (3) to seven (7) our Ground SAR Teams perform a variety of different search procedures.  Each team is lead by a Team Leader who, in turn, reports directly to the Search Manager.

K9 Navigation Section

Cochrane SAR have an excellent relationship with the Canadian Search Dog Association and fully support this provincial organization in their deployment of RCMP certified dog teams.

The K9 Navigation Section was formed in 2014 to provide Cochrane SARs Ground Searchers with the opportunity to work alongside the Canadian Search Dog Association (CSDA) dog teams in oder to:
– Learn how to provide navigation supports to CSDA dog teams on deployment
– Provide more exposure to the CSDA dog teams to larger scale training opportunities with competent Ground SAR personal

ATV Section

Presently, our ATV section compromises of two CSAR ATVs, two Member ATVs, an ATV Trailer and truck.  Again, our aim is to ensure our ATV Operators practice regularly to ensure that all aspects of ATV Searching are practiced time and again – ready to be deployed at a moments notice.

Man-Tracking Section

Re-formed in 2017, several experienced Cochrane SAR man-trackers have begun to develop a Man-Tracking Section to allow our members to diversify their skill set in the field and provide additional supports on deployments from individuals who can identify tracks and prints left by a missing person.

Search Manager Team

Using the Incident Command System (ICS) and Lost Person Behaviour (LPB) our Search Managers receive the highest level of training, undergo regular Search Manager Training sessions and maintain our mobile command centre.

CSAR Family

As with all people, our own Membership may require help at times from their teammates.  Cochrane Search & Rescue prides itself on the fact that in addition to serving our community and surrounding area – any one of our Members can reach out for help and it will be given, without question and with dignity.