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Searching for SAR Techs – 10 November deadline!


Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017

From the Directorate of Air
Personnel Strategy

For men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces who are ready for an exciting career change, consider the current opportunity to become a Search and Rescue Technician (SAR Tech) with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

This proud and prestigious occupation accepts Regular and Reserve Force members who want to undergo an occupational transfer from within the CAF. The 2017 deadline for transfer applications is 10 November.

“If you are looking for a job that is as rewarding as it is challenging, then becoming a SAR Tech should be at the top of your list,” said Chief Warrant Officer Greg Smit, SAR Tech Chief and Senior Occupational Advisor. “If you are fit, motivated, and want to make a real difference…the difference between life and death…then you are at the top of our list as a SAR Tech candidate. We need men and women to join our dedicated SAR team, helping to uphold our motto: That Others May Live.”

SAR Tech training takes place at the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue (CFSSAR) located at 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia, as well as some satellite training locations including Jarvis Lake, Alberta, Eloy, Arizona and Jasper National Park and Esquimalt, British Columbia. The course duration is approximately 12 months, after which graduates receive their SAR Tech ‘wings’ and orange beret. SAR Techs are experts in an incredibly wide range of skills, including parachuting, scuba-diving, mountain-climbing, wilderness survival and emergency medical treatment at the paramedic level. They will operate from both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, the latter including hoists into and out of austere locations or vessels on the high seas. As part of a highly trained and well respected crew, SAR Techs assist in saving the lives of hundreds of Canadians every year, from coast to coast to coast.

If this sounds exciting to you, and you’re up for the challenge, you should contact your Base or Wing Personnel Selection Officer. The deadline for submission to National Defence Headquarters is 10 November 2017. In addition, Master Warrant Morgan Biderman and Sergeant Nicolas Ruel will be conducting information briefings at many wings and bases across Canada in the coming weeks.

For additional information, a SAR Tech recruiting PowerPoint presentation and information is available at the following web site (intranet only): http://rcaf.mil.ca/en/2-cad/air-force-training/air-ops-training-pages/sar-tech.page.