About CASARA

Search and rescue volunteers save lives

When lives are in danger, CASARA volunteers are ready, willing and able to provide assistance.

No matter what the challenge, 2,800 volunteers nationwide are called upon to search for individuals who are lost or in distress.

CASARA is a national volunteer organization funded by the Department of National Defence. Our volunteers provide air search assistance to the Royal Canadian Air Force, and promote flight safety for general aviation as a means to reduce overall SAR incidents.

We are pilots, navigators, spotters, search coordinators, electronic search specialists, radio operators and administration staff. We are trained to work as spotters on military aircraft, and to carry out searches using light aircraft and ground vehicles.

CASARA has been the umbrella organization for independent provincial and regional groups since 1986. CASARA operates in all 13 provinces and territories with access to 360 aircraft and 2,553 certified pilots, navigators and spotters.