Search & Rescue
When an individual is lost, police can call on us. Our organization is trained and equipped to deploy our members along with the necessary resources to manage search incidents and sustain search operations for multiple days if needed.
Prevention & Education
By delivering services like Project Lifesaver and AdventureSmart programs like Hug A Tree, which focus on the needs of those most at risk for wandering, we hope to reduce the frequency and severity of searches.
Our team assists with public events including traffic marshalling for marathons and Harvest Jazz and Blues, and tending road closure barricades during flood season.
As a charitable volunteer organization, YSSR relies on the generous support of those in our community, and hosts a variety of fundraising events, including our annual pancake breakfast.
Project Lifesaver International (PLI)
The primary mission of Project Lifesaver International (PLI) is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children with the propensity to wander due to a cognitive condition (such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, Autism, brain injuries, etc.). A transmitter bracelet is worn on the wrist or ankle of a client who is prone to wandering.
When A PLI call comes in to 911, it is handled entirely differently. Our specially trained Electronic Search Specialists (ESS) respond directly to the scene to greatly reduce the search area for the missing person and the time spent looking for them, with greatly increased survivability. Search times for these clients is normally less than 30 minutes, compared to many hours or days required to find these same missing people using traditional search methods.
With the AdventureSmart Trip Plan app you can easily create trip plans and send them to your family and friends. The app is available free in the Apple App Store for iOS devices and on Google Play for Android devices, and can also be accessed from any web browser.
Even when not using the app, having a trip plan is vital. If no one knows where you went or when you expect to return, they might not even know you’re missing. Create a trip plan by letting a contact know who is going, when and where you're going, what you're doing, and what supplies you're taking with you. This way if you end up in trouble, your contact know when and where to send help.
We are partnered with AdventureSmart to offer a variety of educational programs and presentations focused on giving people in Canada the tools they need to stay safe on their outdoor adventures.
Click below to learn more about each program. To enquire about scheduling a presentation, please contact us!
Hug-a-Tree and Survive
This presentation is aimed at children in Grades K-5. It teaches children how not to become lost in the woods, and what to do if they should become lost. Learn more.
Snow Safety Education Program
This presentation is aimed at children in Grades 4-6, teaching ski hill safety and signage, and backcountry information including “Out of Bounds” hazards. Learn more.
Survive Outside Program
This presentation is aimed at people aged 12-99. It focuses on Trip Planning, Training and Taking the Essentials. It includes information on how to alert the Search and Rescue system and focuses on survivability pending rescue. Learn more.
Survive Outside Snowmobiling Program
This presentation is geared for snowmobilers and uses much of the content from Survive Outside adapted to winter conditions. Segments feature travel tips on both snow and ice, including critical information when travelling in avalanche terrain. Learn more.
This presentation is designed for youth and adults who want to paddle, whether it is using stand-up paddleboards, kayaks or canoes. Topics include trip planning, training and taking the essentials for water based activities. Segments on moving water and coastal water can be added to the presentation depending on location. Learn more.