Composite and Reserve Groups

Composite Search Groups

BSAR search groups are sometimes augmented by Police, park rangers or similarly skilled people. Welcome these additional searchers to your group.

Reserve Group

On some searches a search group may be kept at or near base so they can deal with unexpected circumstances that arise. These circumstances may include a sighting from the air, a clue noticed by a vehicle patrol or the need to back up a group that has found the missing person.

On rare occasions it has been necessary to assist an injured searcher. Reserve groups are especially valuable when the search groups are a long way from the search base and cannot be readily re-deployed. Members usually want to be out searching and sometimes resent being kept in reserve, but they often act as a “flying squad” and have frequently been very central to the success of a search.

Updated 8 August 2017

Last Updated on February 17, 2021