1.377 Search and Rescue - JDF

The Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue (JDF SAR) group is based in East Sooke. The service area of operation is the large JDF electoral area. The SAR team has over 30 volunteers who provide inland waters and ground search and rescue, first aid, tracking, rope rescue and swift water rescue services. The team provides these services at the direction of Emergency Management BC (EMBC), as requested by first responder agencies (RCMP, fire, ambulance), and provides mutual aid support to other SAR teams when requested by EMBC. Members are trained and certified by the Province of BC and the Justice Institute. Their response costs are covered by EMBC.


In 1983, Sooke Search and Rescue was organized within the Sooke Electoral Area. In 1999, a portion of the electoral area incorporated as the Sooke municipality and the remainder of the lands are now in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. In 2003, the CRD Board was asked to establish a Search and Rescue Service in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. By October 2003, the Board received Juan de Fuca Elector approval to establish a service for the purpose of operating a search and rescue service. The Board then adopted Bylaw No 3101 Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue Service Establishment Bylaw No 1, 2003. The service continues to be authorized and administered under CRD Bylaw No 3101.


The CRD Planning, Transportation and Protective Services Department manages and administers this service as well as provides operational oversite for this service.


The budget for this service is established through an annual CRD Financial Planning process, and is funded by an annual property value tax levied in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area.