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Cave Rescue

About ABCCRS (Alberta/BC Cave Rescue Service)

As cave rescue resource requirements may exceed the capability within the provincial and federal agencies having authority and responsibility for public safety, ABCCRS  is a specialized Search and Rescue group that can be tasked by these agencies.  Note that potential rescue situations should first be reported to the appropriate public agency (911, RCMP, Parks Canada), who will obtain support from ABCCRS as required.


  • 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.

For more information please see the following links:

ABCCRS Facebook Page

ABCCRS Twitter Feed

Canadian Caver ABCCRS Page

Exercise Dark Squeeze will be in the beautiful mountains of the Crowsnest Pass region (Photo: Jeff Smith)