Who and What is TIGSAR

Thousand Islands Ground Search and Rescue a Not for Profit Organization. TIGSAR is compiled of dedicated volunteers from the community who have been trained and certified in Search and Rescue techniques. Volunteer personnel trained to assist the OPP and Local Authorities, when asked, to locate a lost or missing person and bring that person to safety. The team is also be trained to assist the authorities in the event of a natural disaster.

This team operates under the Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association (OSARVA). OSARVA is the Governing body for volunteer search and rescue teams within the Province of Ontario. They are the liaison between the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS), Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) and the Volunteer SAR teams. OSARVA is also responsible for the instruction and certification of the “Basic Searcher” status as initiated and mandated by the OPP. Search and Rescue teams are 100% volunteer and have no government funding.

Team members train in the classroom the fourth Saturday of each month and conduct field practical exercises on a regular basis. The safety of others and our team members is essential therefore in addition to training the team we also offer programs for school children and adults called Hug-a-Tree and Survive Outside under the Adventure Smart Program. These information sessions are approximately 1 hour in length and teach how to survive and be found if they are ever lost in the woods, as well as the importance of purchasing and carrying important survival items. .In 2013 we gave 45 presentation teaching over 1500 children and adults. In 2014 we provided 41 presentations to 1685 children and adults.  We hope to top these numbers in 2015!

Please check out our other pages and post to learn more about us and how you can volunteer or support your local team with much needed funding.

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