Department of Community Services

Search and Rescue (SAR)

Emergency Measures Organization

Search and Rescue

YSAR training

The organization of ground and inland water Search and Rescue (SAR) teams began in the Yukon in 1990 under the Emergency Measures Organization.

In Yukon, ground and inland water SAR services are provided through a partnership between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) "M" Division, the Emergency Measures Organization of Yukon Government (EMO), and the volunteer Yukon SAR Association.

All of the partners are critical to the success of providing search services: the RCMP have the legal jurisdiction in the Yukon for ground and inland water searches outside of National Parks: Emergency Measures Organization provides support to our partners through the provision of training, equipment and funding. The Yukon SAR Association provides motivated, trained and equipped volunteers with local knowledge.

Over the past number of years, many SAR incidents have been responded to in the Yukon and Northern British Columbia, primarily in remote and mountainous terrain. During these responses it has been the dedication of the Yukon Search and Rescue volunteers that make all the difference.


Visit the YSAR website for more information.


EMO Contact


Combined Services Building, 2nd Floor
60 Norseman Road
Whitehorse Airport

Mailing Address: 
Box 2703, EMO
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2C6
Phone: (867) 667-5220
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5220
Fax: (867) 393-6266