Searching for SAR TECHS


Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2018

If you’re looking for a new challenge in your military career, you might want to consider becoming a Search and Rescue Technician (SAR Tech). This proud and prestigious CAF occucpation accepts Regular and Reserve Force NCMs who undergo an occupational transfer from within the CAF.

Military personnel who are physically fit, mentally resilient, highly motivated and not afraid to work can make a real difference contributing to Canada and all Canadians as a CAF member. The SAR Tech motto, “That Others May Live” is embodied every day across Canada, with SAR Tech teams conducting life-saving missions around the clock, all across Canada. They operate from fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters accessing austere locations or vessels on the high seas via parachute or hoist. SAR Techs also practice and maintain scuba diving, mountain and rope rescue operations and primary care paramedic skill-sets to complete their missions.

Basic SAR Tech training takes place all across Canada, but is based out of the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue (CFSSAR) at 19 Wing Comox, and satellite locations in Jarvis Lake, Alberta and Resolute Bay, Nunavut. The basic course is just over 12 months long, after which successful graduates will receive their SAR Tech “wings” and orange beret along with a promotion to MCpl and Spec 2 pay field.
As part of highly trained and well respected SAR aircrews, SAR Techs help save the lives of hundreds of Canadians every year, from coast to coast to coast.

If this sounds exciting to you, and you’re up for the challenge, you should contact your base or wing personnel selection officer. The deadline for submission to National Defence Headquarters is usually early November and will be identified in the Annual VOT CANFORGEN.

For additional information, contact the SAR Tech Qualification Manager at 2 Cdn Air Div via