Major milestones in the history of SAR Global 1 – Ottawa Gatineau Volunteer Search and Rescue
1995 – A hunter named Christopher Brown, was lost near Otter Lake Quebec near Ottawa; 150 volunteers assist the Sûreté de Québec in the search; his remains are found in 1997.
1996 – Volunteers continue the search for Christopher Brown and begin to organize a volunteer group leading to the incorporation of SAR Global 1 that year.
1998 – SAR Global 1 assists MRC des Collines Police during Ice Storm.
2000 – SAR Global 1 assists MRC des Collines Police with search for a missing aircraft.
2001 – SAR Global 1 granted charitable income tax status.
2002 – SAR Global 1 receives a grant from the Wildlands Foundation to purchase first aid supplies.
2002 – First full Basic SAR training course based on Emergency Response Institute curriculum.
2002 – SAR Global 1 adopts the “Hug-A-Tree” program into its Prevention Program for children.
2003 - SAR Global 1 volunteers assist Ottawa Police in search for Ardith Wood.
2003 – SAR Global 1 assists MRC des Collines Police in search for Pierre Despaties; subsequently the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club creates an annual Tennis tournament and donates proceeds to SAR Global 1.
2003 – SAR Global 1 receives a $27,000 grant from the Trillium Foundation primarily to conduct a range of training programs.
2005 – SAR Global 1 assists Ottawa Police in search for Jennifer Teague.
2007 – SAR Global 1 volunteers begin to help races organized by Sommersault Productions as fund raisers.
2008 – SAR Global 1 received a $15,000 grant from the Trillium Foundation primarily to purchase communications equipment.
2008 – Basic SAR course is expanded to incorporate Ontario and Quebec material
– SAR Global 1 begins SAREX exercises as culmination of Basic SAR Training courses.
2009 – First Winterman Marathon held in cooperation with Somersault Productions as a major fund raiser.
2009 – Rescue 1, the group’s first vehicle is purchased and outfitted as a command post.
2010 – SAR Global 1 members increasingly licensed as ham radio operators facilitating long-distance communications.
2011 – SAR Global 1 assists community of Sabrevois during Richelieu flood.
2012 – SAR Global 1 purchases new truck and command trailer to replace Rescue 1.