Calgary Search and Rescue (CALSARA) is celebrating 15 years of service and expanding its volunteer base through a recruitment drive this week.

The Calgary Search and Rescue Association (CALSARA) is looking for a few good men and women to join the volunteer organization.

CALSARA is celebrating its 15th anniversary of search and rescue service to Calgary and the surrounding areas and are looking at picking up another 35 recruits this week.

“I think people don’t realize we’re entirely made up of volunteers and we’re looking to bring some more on to help keep up,” spokeswoman Vivian Cormack told Metro.

The organization currently has about 100 volunteers but some are inactive due to personal or professional commitments, so it needs to recruit some members at an anniversary open house.

“We fully train our volunteers to work with evidence. The worst thing that can happen is finding a key piece of evidence at a crime scene and mishandle it, so we ensure

everyone is heavily trained,” she said, adding applicants must be over 18 and have basic first aid.

The group recently helped at the scene of Arcelie Laoagan’s murder near the Franklin LRT Station.


  • Open house is Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the CALSARA headquarters at Bay 16, 5935 35th St. SE.

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