Ground Search and Rescue

The Emergency Management Office assists with the administration, coordination and training of Nova Scotia's Ground Search and Rescue (NSGSAR) teams. NSGSAR volunteers donate their time, energy and skill to search for people who have gone missing in wooded areas or along our coastlines. They often assist with community evacuations, searches for plane crash debris and evidence searches with local police. Some GSAR members teach wilderness survival and boating safety education programs for children and adults. They receive regular training. The 24 NSGSAR teams within Nova Scotia are affiliated through a provincial association which allows close cooperation among the search teams, EMO, Parks Canada, the RCMP and various municipal police agencies.
Looking for Members
GSAR teams are continually looking for people who want to serve their communities and enhance their skills. While their focus is searching for lost persons, there are a variety of volunteer opportunities for those who join a GSAR team. Anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in finding out more, should contact their local GSAR team. A list of teams is below
Nova Scotia Ground Search and Rescue Teams


Eastern Zone
Cape Breton GSAR
Cheticamp GSAR
Inverness GSAR  
Strait Area GSAR  

Southern Zone
Barrington GSAR
Lunenburg GSAR
North Queens GSAR  
Queens GSAR  
Yarmouth GSAR  

Central Zone
Colchester GSAR
East Hants GSAR
Eastern Shone GSAR  
Halifax GSAR  
Musquodoboit GSAR  
Pictou GSAR  
Pugwash GSAR  
Sheet Harbour GSAR  
Springhill GSAR  

Western Zone
Annapolis GSAR
Clare GSAR
Digby GSAR  
Valley GSAR  
West Hants GSAR  

If you are a member of ground search and rescue you can read the meeting minutes