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Cave Rescue

Self-Rescue vs. External Rescue

Cave rescue situations are fortunately rare but potentially very challenging, especially in remote caves and portions of caves with difficult access. We always recommend training in small-grouup self-rescue techniques, as it may take a considerable amount of time to mobilize outside resources.

About ABCCRS (Alberta/BC Cave Rescue Service)

For events requiring external help, cave rescue resource requirements may sometimes exceed available capability within governmental agencies having authority and responsibility for public safety.  ABCCRS is a specialized volunteer Search and Rescue group that can be tasked by these agencies to assist, with specialized training, experience and equipment. Note that potential rescue situations should first be reported to the appropriate public agency (911, RCMP, Parks Canada), who will obtain support from ABCCRS if and as required.

ABCCRS does not offer "memberships" in the usual sense; to become involved, cavers with interest and a reasonable amount of experience need to attend at least one of the periodic training events and stay active, in order to be kept on the call-out list.


  • 2001 - ACRO (Alberta Cave Rescue Organization) was formed by a group of cavers and search and rescue volunteers to respond to the need for organized cave rescue in the province of Alberta.
  • 2007 - ACRO partnered with the British Columbia Cave Rescue (BCCR) organization (established 1984) to share knowledge, resources and information in order to provide cave rescue resources to Western Canada.
  • 2010, March 15 - ACRO re-established itself as a non-profit society under The Societies Act within Alberta
  • 2015 - ACRO and BCCR signed a memorandum of understanding, after establishing a new name and logo for a joint Alberta /BC Cave Rescue Service (ABCCRS), to reflect their joint membership and partnership. This structure recognizes that major rescues will involve rescuers from both provinces and that many caves are located close to one side of the border or the other. It also fosters commmon techniques, standards and training. Though still maintained as separate organizations in their respective provinces, ABCCRS maintains a common membership.

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