The National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS) is an autonomous arm’s length organization within the Department of National Defence, accountable to the Lead Minister for Search and Rescue who is also the Minister of National Defence.
Established in 1986, the NSS is responsible for the management and coordination of the National Search and Rescue (SAR) Program. While it does not direct or manage the work of its partners, the NSS brings them together to encourage collaboration and to ensure best use is made of their diverse resources and capabilities. The following federal departments are responsible for search and rescue delivery in Canada:
Representatives from these organizations comprise the Interdepartmental Committee on Search and Rescue (ICSAR).
Within the non-federal jurisdiction, the NSS works directly with provincial and territorial SAR authorities and police services to develop and standardize the quantity and quality of SAR service available to the provinces and territories. Supporting these major federal and non-federal activities, the NSS provides a facility for conducting major studies and reviews, and it maintains an energetic client communications organization which, amongst its many activities, stages SARSCENE and produces SAR prevention information. The NSS also coordinates the Canadian contribution to the Cospas-Sarsat satellite alerting system, and it monitors the standards and maintains the Canadian Beacon Registry.
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by fax: 1-877-406-FAX8 (3298)
by tel: 1-877-406-SOS1 (7671)
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