National Search and Rescue Secretariat

The National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS) is responsible for managing and coordinating Canada's search and rescue with federal, provincial and territorial partners, and fostering interoperability and coordination within the search and rescue (SAR) community and its 18,000 trained SAR volunteers. The Secretariat also focuses on national and international coordination, policy and program support, and helps facilitate multijurisdictional efforts in such areas as SAR incident prevention and response, distress alerting and interoperability, ensuring best use is made of SAR partners' diverse resources and capabilities. It is responsible for the development and coordination of overall SAR policy in consultation with SAR partners, as well as supporting and promoting the activities of the National Search and Rescue Program (NSP) as a means to achieve highly effective and economically responsible SAR programs throughout Canada.

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