Search & Rescue Manitoba
In Manitoba the Search and Rescue Program has transformed itself from a virtually untrained group of volunteers, into a highly trained and dedicated Volunteer Search and Rescue Network a valuable resource to the Province of Manitoba. Search and Rescue Manitoba (SARMAN) is the result of the training and development of a volunteer Ground Search and Rescue network. Search and Rescue Manitoba is a shared vision between The Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) ‘D’ Division and the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO). The submission of a joint application for funds to the National Search and Rescue Secretariat’s (NSS) New Initiative Fund (NIF) was successful and a comprehensive Search and Rescue (SAR) program was developed for the Province.
Search and Rescue Manitoba via the Manitoba Volunteer Search and Rescue Network is available to support the Police Agency which is the authority responsible for lost or missing persons within the Province of Manitoba. Across the majority of rural Manitoba the RCMP are the Policing authority. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was developed between the two agencies provides for the Office of the Fire Commissioner, through the Manitoba Emergency Services College to develop and deliver Ground Search and Rescue training to the Volunteer Search and Rescue Network of Manitoba, as well as to coordinate the response of this network to support the RCMP either at the local level or on a wider Provincial basis.
The OFC has worked closely with the City of Winnipeg Police Force, Dakota Ojibiway Police Service and Parks Canada to develop their Search and Rescue capability, and are available to assist upon request.