Members are required to take a Standard training program. It consists of map & compass reading, GPS operation, radio procedures, search techniques, helicopter safety, wilderness survival, boat training, as well as training on the various pieces of equipment used by the team.
Barachois Search and Rescue are also involved in the community in other areas. They offer a course for Pleasure Craft operators which helps them qualify for the Operation Competency Card required by the Canadian Coast Guard.
Throughout the year the team visits local area schools, and gives presentations on ice, water, boating, and snowmobile safety. They speak to such groups as Guides, local youth groups, and the Duke of Edinburgh Program participants.
During the winter months the team works with the RCMP and the local Snowmobile Association promoting safe snowmobiling. They also conduct cabin checks with the Police in an effort to cut down on vandalism and increase visibility in remote areas.
Barachois Search and Rescue has a membership of men and women. To become a member you must fill out an application and provide a Letter of Conduct. Each member is required to have a compass, orange overalls, and proper outdoor clothing. Additional equipment such as snowmobiles and ATV's would be considered an asset on Team Operations.
Meetings of the group take place on the last Sunday of the month at the Teams Headquarters building on West Street, in Stephenville Crossing. Training takes place during meetings and is scheduled more frequently as the need arises.
Barry Nash Co-ordinator for the Barachois Search and Rescue and its members would like to offer a welcome to you. If you like the outdoors and would like to give back to your community, this is the volunteer organization for you. There is of course, a serious side to the work that they do, but there is also the feeling of pride and accomplishment, that occurs when you are successful in helping someone.
If you would like an application or further information on the group, you can contact Barry
By mail at
Barachois Search and Rescue
P.O. Box. 581
The Town of Stephenville Crossing would like to thank Mr. Barry Nash for his invaluable help in the preparation of the material presented on the Barachois Search and Rescue Organization. All Search and Rescue photos were provided by Barry Nash.
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The team is supported in its effort, with some funding from the Town Councils of Stephenville Crossing and St. Georges. The money for the daily operation of this volunteer team, is raised by its members through varied fundraising efforts. Actual expenses during searches and tasks are covered by the RCMP. Additional equipment for the team has been received through the National Seach and Rescue Secretariat.