The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), is a Canada-wide volunteer aviation association dedicated to providing air search support services in downed aircraft, recently more humanitarian efforts, and promotes Canada’s Search and Rescue Program across Canada. Our volunteers in Nunavut are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist in providing air search assistance to the Royal Canadian Air Force.
CASARA Nunavut was born in 1996. Positioned in the north eastern area of Canada, the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) classifies us into multiple search zones. Based on that classification, CASARA Nunavut primarily covers the search area within Nunvaut, but also assists into searches within Québec and Newfoundland & Labrador. With our ability to respond faster to searches within the northen Canadian climate, we have 8 zones and 15+ members that can respond to tasked searches by the JRCC.
(Zones Include: Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Resolute Bay, Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay, Hall Beach, & Gjoa Haven)
We also have great co-operative capabilities with other public service and SAR organizations. Many of our volunteers are also Rangers as well as Coast Guard Auxiliary members. When it's possible, we work with both the RCMP and the Nunavut Emergency Measures to assist with ground-based searches.