Frequently asked questions
What is HASAR?
The Huron & Area Search & Rescue organization is a newly created SAR organization which trains dedicated volunteers to be provincially certified searchers and specialists in rescue.
What do I need to join?
To consider joining, you must:
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Be dedicated to helping your community;
- Be of good character and complete an interview; and
- Pass a Vulnerable Screening/Criminal Record check
Where do I need to live?
HASAR's location is from Kincardine to Port Franks and east to Sebringville. This area includes South Bruce, Huron County, Perth County and Lambton County. We have no restrictions on where you live so long as you can attend training and call outs.
What is the time requirement?
HASAR requires a minimum of 60 hours a year of volunteer time. Meetings are a minimum of once a month, with a second evening of additional or follow up training depending on specialty or missed lesson.
How long before I am searching?
HASAR has a six month 'probationary' period where members are trained in the mandatory OSARVA Basic Search & Rescue course, along with First Aid and several other additional courses. Once a member has completed their probationary period, they are cleared to become General Searchers.
Where is the training?
HASAR will be training at the Blyth Fire Hall in Huron County.
What is the progression?
All members start as General Searchers. From there, members can become Team Leaders, Marine SAR or into other specialties as HASAR progresses.
How do I join?
Follow the link Applications and apply!
Is there a cost?
Due to us being a self-funded organization, HASAR requires a $100 on time administration fee. This non-refundable cost will be used to cover your training cost through the Probationary Searcher period.
Do I have to have previous skills or training?
No! HASAR is looking for dedicated volunteers who want to be part of a professional team and we are providing you with all the training and skills!