YSSR is a charitable, 100% volunteer-operated organization that works for the prevention and recovery of lost individuals. We are activated by local policing agencies and are available to respond 24/7/365. Made up of 88 members, we are one of the largest of the ten ground search and rescue teams in New Brunswick.
In 2020 we, like everyone else, dealt with the unprecendented challenges brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic. We met these challenges head on and adapted, seeking out new ways to train our members, fundraise, and connect with our community.
In 2020 YSSR was activated 11 times, with 6 being in the YSSR zone and 5 being mutual aid to teams in other zones. These searches totaled to 1110 person hours: 541 in YSSR’s zone, and 569 in mutual aid. We had an average of 18 members per activation, with a high of 32 members.
Person Hours by Zone
Mutual Aid Zones
Person Hours by Jurisdiction Agency
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Fredericton Police Force
Saint John Police Force
Of course, even better than a successful search is a search that never need happen. We work to prevent at-risk individuals from going missing through Project Lifesaver International (PLI) initiatives and AdventureSmart programs.
Project Lifesaver International
Project Lifesaver International is an initiative that seeks to protect the most vulnerable members of our community: those at risk to wander due to cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Autism, brain injuries, and others. Transmitter bracelets, maintained by YSSR, are worn by PLI clients. If a PLI client goes missing, our team of specially-trained Electronic Search Specialists responds directly, greatly reducing the search area and duration, bringing the client home quickly and safely. Search times for these clients is normally less than 30 minutes, compared to the many hours or days using traditional search methods would require.
Electronic Search Specialists
With 8 new clients joining us throughout 2020, we ended the year with 20 active clients. Our team has grown to include 13 Electronic Search Specialists, specifically trained and equipped for Project Lifesaver searches. We also had 4 response kits, with our newest being established in the Grand Lake area – this was made possible by the fundraising efforts of our team members and generous donations from the Minto - Chipman Knights of Columbus; Chipman - Minto Lions Club; Minto Auto Supplies (NAPA); A1 Auto Chipman (NAPA); Chipman Volunteer Fire Fighters; Village of Minto; and Village of Chipman.
YSSR is comprised of volunteer members who dedicate their time, energy, and skills to making our community a better and safer place.
YSSR is a charitable organization and the support of our partners, donors, and community means that our team can remain ready save lives.
In an effort to better connect with our community we launched an ongoing social media campaign in April of 2020. We posted on a regular schedule to inform our followers of upcoming events, show off our wonderful members and donors, and share tips and tricks about how to enjoy the outdoors safely. In the past year, our Facebook following has grown to over 1700 people; your comments, likes, and shares help us tell the world who we are and what we do.
In September of 2020 we launched a new website, focused on having an easy-to-use digital space for people to find and reach out to us.
We wouldn’t be able to do any of what we do without the generous contributions of individuals, businesses, and organizations in our community.
To Our Community
If you purchased merchandise from us, dropped off bottles to our bottle drives, or simply shared news about our fundraising events to your friends and family, you made it possible for us to outlast a year in which non-profits were hit particularly hard. With your support we are able to ensure we have the training, equipment, and administrative structure to fulfill our mission of bringing lost individuals home safely. Thank you for everything.
A special thank you to:
Home Depot Fredericton
Pizza Delight Fredericton
Chipman Firefighters Association
Chipman Minto Lions Club
Minto Council # 3502
A-1 Auto Supplies, Chipman
Minto Auto Supplies
Chipman Community Bingo
Village of Minto
Nashawaaksis Lion’s Club
Trius Truck Centre
In 2021, we look forward to expanding the efforts we started in 2020. We already have lots of great fundraising and community events in the works, so keep an eye on our website and social media. We have some exciting training opportunities planned that will give our members tools to be even more effective in the field. We will continue to help keep our most vulnerable safe through Project Lifesaver, and keep our most adventurous safe through AdventureSmart educational programs.