Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of a very rewarding volunteer activity!
Please read the information below to discover if volunteering for our team is something you’d like to do:
- Who’s on the team?
Team members include men, women, students, professionals, labourers, retirees, community leaders, etc. who live in the Bay of Islands area.
- How is the team organized?
Our team consists of an executive board elected to a two-year term by the members, and a general membership of 35+ men and women.
- How often does the team meet?
BOISAR meets every other Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in Corner Brook. We ask that each team member be prepared for outdoor activity at some meetings, as we usually have training assignments. We also do a few weekend training sessions per year, and we attend the annual Newfoundland and Labrador Search and Rescue weekend in Kildevil Camp at Gros Morne National Park during the summer.
- Do I need to have any qualifications to join the team?
No. Our team has a specialized training program designed to prepare people for the tasks we might encounter on missions. This includes search techniques, equipment operation, map and compass, first aid courses, and many other areas of operations. You must be 18 years of age or older to join the team, and must provide a Certificate of Conduct. These are available free-of-charge from the RNC and RCMP.
- Do I need to have any special equipment or clothing?
We do not expect new members joining the team to come to their first meeting armed with everything necessary! However, you should be aware that as time goes by you will be expected to outfit yourself with the items necessary for safe searching. This gear is not paid for by the team. This includes at the bare minimum a compass, clothing for all weather conditions (including snowshoes), and a pack that contains survival items for emergency situations. Any additional equipment that you possess such as a snowmobile, ATV, 4X4, etc. would be an asset to the team.
- What happens if there’s a search during my work or school hours?
Many employers and instructors will make arrangements for you to be away from work without negative recourse. As an active team member, you will be provided with documentation of your membership.
Interested? E-mail or call us for more information!