Frequently Asked Questions

Does each jurisdiction have to give out an award in every category each year?

No. The number of awards presented each year will depend on the number and nature of nominations.

Why do the SAR categories need an additional round of review?

The SAR categories have a different review process, inclusive of the SAR community.  As such, we will leverage the expertise and experience of SAR associations and existing committee structures to review nominations. The National Search and Rescue Secretariat, Public Safety Canada, is best placed to coordinate this review – that's why all SAR category nominations will flow through Public Safety Canada. Employee nominations will be reviewed by a working group of the Interdepartmental Committee on Search and Rescue and the Ground SAR Council of Canada, based on nominee jurisdiction.  SAR volunteer nominations will be channeled through the Volunteer SAR Council.  After this review, selected nominees will be endorsed by the Interdepartmental Committee on SAR and forwarded to the General Selection Committee for consideration.

What do award recipients receive? Is there a monetary award?

Award recipients will receive a medallion. There is no monetary award associated with the Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award.

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