If you have an emergency, call 911.

Search and Rescue operates under the direction of the RCMP and the ECC (EMBC).


The Alberni Valley Rescue Squad (AVRS) is a search and rescue team based in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada.

The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled and trained in search and rescue operations in a variety of settings. The AVRS performs approximately 25 search and rescue operations annually.

The team provides search and rescue services to:

  • Emergency Management BC (EMBC)
  • RCMP and Municipal Police
  • BC Ambulance Service
  • Mutual aid to other search and rescue teams
  • BC Coroners Service
  • Fire Services

To contact the team for a search and rescue emergency call 9-1-1 and ask for police.

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AVRS History

During the early 1950’s there were many instances where it was found that a rescue group was needed. In November 1955 a Mr. Kristensen became lost and this became the first Search and Rescue task. January 1956 a meeting was held with forty two (42) persons attending the meeting. Mr. Cliff Lee was chosen chairman proterm. Mr. George McGarrigle was elected coordinator and selected eight leaders from experienced skiers, mountaineers and hunters. Those that were chosen by a vote were Joe Lynn, Wally McEarchern, Gerry McGarrigle and Bill Turner.

2005 F550 Command Truck.

The AVRS utilizes a 2005 F550 as it Command Truck. This vehicle acts as a base for search management duties in the field and is a mobile office complete with computer, advanced communication functions and an independent power source. This vehicle also carries a complete array of rescue equipment to the search area.