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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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.