Para Rescue Association 75th Book committee: Thank you

09 July 2018

Frank Schuurman CASARA President
Alton King CASARA VP Finance/Administration


Frank and Alton, on behalf of the Para Rescue Association 75th Book committee, I want to thank you for your very generous donation of $5000.00. As you are well aware, these initiatives do not occur without subsidization and your donation will help greatly in accomplishing this great endeavour.

Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Technicians have long enjoyed the working relationship, camaraderie and mutual support that they have experienced with members of the CASARA organisation. This generous donation is once again testament of this great friendship and to the never ending willingness of CASARA to help wherever possible.

Without this very gracious donation, our book effort would not have the viability that it now has. Once again, thank you very much!


That Others May Live


Dan Verret
13th President
Para Rescue Association of Canada

Le 9 juillet 2018
Frank Schuurman Président d’ACRSA
Alton King VP administrative et de finance d’ACRSA
Frank et Alton, à part l’Association de sauveteurs-parachutistes 75e comité du livre, je veux vous remercie pour votre don généreux de 5 000,00 $. Vous le savez que notre travail et nos initiatives ne pourrions pas être possible sans subsidiation et votre don qui sera utilisé pour ces tentatives.

Forces canadiennes de recherche et sauvetage ont beaucoup appréciée l’amitié, la camaraderie et appui mutuel qu’ils ont ressenti des membres d’ACRSA. Ce don généreux est encore un bon testament de l’amitié et de la volonté d’ACRSA d’aider et travailler en équipe quand c’est toujours possible.

Sans ce don généreux, notre livre n’aurai jamais reçu la viabilité qu’il a maintenant.
Merci beaucoup!


Pour que les autres peuvent vivre
Dan Verret
13e président
Association de sauvetage-parachutiste du Canada

Manitoba Airshow

It was a successful weekend for the Manitoba Airshow! It has been going on throughout the years since 1995. There are many different airplanes incorporated in the show, even including the famous CF Snowbirds. To get more information please go to their website.

CASARA Makes History!

From June 30 to July 2nd CASARA, for the first time ever joined 424 (T&R) Squadron, 8 Wing, CFB Trenton at an international airshow held at Traverse City Michigan (KTVC).  Picking up crews from around Ontario proved challenging due to weather. The CASARA contingent from CARES Zone 11 Niagara, flew a Cessna 337 Skymaster and was forced to leave the night before to pick up Adam Hill from CASARA London, Ontario and then the next day divert to KMBS (Saginaw) en route to KANJ (Sanderson MI near Sault Ste Marie) to clear US Customs. The 424 Squadron aircraft, a Hercules CC-130H, attempted to pick up our crew at KANJ but it too was forced to adapt to the changing weather and finally land at KCIU (Chippewa) where they were able to pick up our final member (Wayne Spencer from CASARA Sault Ste. Marie) for the airshow and clear US Customs. A CH146 Griffon helicopter also made the trip but again due to weather was forced to delay its arrival until after seven pm that day.
Upon arriving at KTVC we found ourselves in good company with the hospitality of the Traverse City Coast Guard Station where we were eventually positioned fittingly under the wing of our Hercules. A variety of US aircraft were in attendance including A-10 Thunderbolts, The US demonstration team, The Thunderbirds flying F-16’s, F-18 Super Hornets and the odd Blackhawk helicopter. It was quite a display! The CASARA aircraft acted as a static disply while the Herc and Griffon flew flypasts on both days with CASARA Spotters onboard. It was a very successful weekend for both 424 and CASARA.

A second reason for attending was to check out the CAP (Civil Air Patrol) at Alpena two and a half hours away. Our CLO, Capt. Claude Courcelles accompanied by the AC for the Cessna Skymaster, Gord Tessier along with the Navigator, Alex Cuberovic made the trek to Alpena where they spent the next day observing CAP’s cadet training program, discussing CAP technology and learning everything we could about CAP. Essentially taking their best practices to see if we can adopt any of them to CASARA. In the end it was discovered that CAP and CASARA are very much alike. The sense of volunteerism among their memebers is par excellence. They truly reflect what is best about America and they made us feel very welcome. We will continue to learn and exchange ideas with our southern neighbours. After sharing a meal with them we departed the next day back to Traverse City. We left for home but were again challenged by the weather forcing us to leave our crew member, Wayne Spencer about an hour south of where we had planned. In the end, everyone made it safely home.

It was an historic weekend for CASARA and we look forward to many more opportunities to share best practices and improve our already good relations with our Amercian SAR partners.

As we approached Canadian Airspace we were soberley reminded of just why we were there.   A controller calmly but with a sense of urgency was calling out, looking for an aircrft that as he described it,  was officialy reported as overdue. As we neared Grand Bend my Spotter received a text indicating that one of our own Hercules was involved in a search on the west end of Lake Erie after a distress call was made and an overturned canoe was discovered.

“That others may live”

Below are a few photos from the event.



Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue Technician dies in training accident

News Release

March 8, 2017 – WINNIPEG – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Search and Rescue Technician (SAR Tech) based at 17 Wing Winnipeg died in an accident during training near Yorkton, Sask. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Master-Corporal Alfred Barr was a member of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The RCAF’s Directorate of Flight Safety will be investigating the accident and no further information will be released about the incident while that is ongoing.

“On behalf of all 17 Wing Winnipeg and the entire RCAF, I would like to express my condolences to Master-Corporal Alfred Barr’s family, friends and fellow service members. Master-Corporal Barr was a valuable member of 435 Squadron’s Search and Rescue team, and he will be deeply missed.”

Colonel Andy Cook, 17 Wing Winnipeg Commander



The British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA), Provincial Emergency Program Air (PEP Air), and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) are establishing a memorial ‘In memory of those who died in the line of duty, and to honour all that serve’.

Members of BCSARA, PEP Air, RCMSAR, and other Search and Rescue organizations and agencies are invited to attend the unveiling of the Search and Rescue Volunteer Memorial on March 02, 2017 at noon on the grounds of the Parliament Buildings in Victoria British Columbia.

The Search and Rescue Volunteer Memorial Committee requests all attendees be in place by 1145hrs.

Members are requested to wear uniform or outerwear indentifying their organization. As the weather can be variable in March we recommend attendees dress warm, bring waterproof outerwear in case of rain, and good footwear for a grass surface.

The ceremony will be available live online at:

Please join us for this important event to honour our fallen and all those who serve.

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