As an organization that people turn to in times of need, Bay of Islands Volunteer Search and Rescue – BOISAR has an important responsibility to those who are lost or injured and their families to maintain the health of our team to ensure we can respond safely and effectively when called upon.

To help us achieve this important goal, BOISAR has taken the significant step of splitting our team into two separate groups that will not overlap. This will help safeguard our ability to respond to incidents even if one of our members becomes exposed to or contracts the virus. Our team is fortunate to boast a large roster, allowing us this flexibility while still maintaining full search & rescue capability.

BOISAR has also developed and adopted a set of guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of the virus including the cancellation of all face-to-face meetings and trainings and following the physical distancing and other requirements as directed by medical professionals .

BOISAR has acquired PPE pertaining to the current COVID-19 pandemic that will help to ensure the safety of our members, search subjects & family, as well as our police partners and other frontline personnel who may be responding to a call.

Finally, BOISAR has also committed important equipment to help fight the pandemic as our Command Centre is currently being used by Western Health as the Mobile Screening Centre in Corner Brook. Years of fundraising and support from the community have allowed us to acquire this very well suited piece of equipment and we’re proud to see it being used by the community in a time of need. We are fortunate to have a second multi-purpose Ice Rescue Trailer that will double as our Command Centre for the time being.

During this challenging time, BOISAR members remain committed to supporting our police partners in the search for and rescue of those lost or injured in remote areas throughout the Bay of Islands and beyond and we remind everyone to be safe while enjoying our great outdoors.