Many SAR groups struggle with high attrition rates within their volunteer ranks. Burn-out and rust-out are two of the major contributors to this, as well as the busy lives of the volunteers limiting their time. As a result, many chapters around the country have had challenges with volunteer retention. Some have even folded as a result.
Patrick Casement of Wadena SAR and Tracey Lagassé of Wood River SAR in Saskatchewan have both faced the possibility of their teams’ demise but have seen this turn the corner. Through determination, their respective teams have weathered the storm and continue sailing on. While they still face the rough seas of busy lives, dwindling rural populations, and financial uncertainty, these two chapters can serve as a lighthouse to other groups navigating these turbulent waters.