Search and Rescue in Nova Scotia started officially in November of 1969 after a 5 day search in the Cape Breton Highlands for a father of 5, who was found alive. While he was in the hospital recovering, Cape Breton Search and Rescue was created. Since then another 23 teams were created in Nova Scotia, with over 1,300 volunteers.

The Nova Scotia Ground Search and Rescue Association was started in 1992 after 2 years of meetings with all 23 teams and EMO-NS. This gave 1 voice for all teams in Nova Scotia to EMO-NS. We respond to lost/missing persons, evidence searches and Civilian Emergency Response for EMO-NS, the RCMP and many municipal police forces in the province.