We were founded by Former Police Officers, Rescuers and Professional Medics, Gary and Virginia Foo.
Gary & Virginia Foo
SAR Chief & Deputy
Gary is a serving Deputy Fire Chief in charge of Special Operations and Virginia is a full time Nurse in a busy Hospital.
Gary and Virginia Foo met over 30 years ago as armed Police Officers on the same Police department and later became Technical Rescue specialists and Medics. Gary Foo later became a Tactical Paramedic and joined the Fire Service and Virginia Foo later became an EMT and Nurse. They both studied Search and Rescue (SAR) and Gary has a company which teaches Medical and Rescue disciplines to the Emergency Services, internationally.
They have both always had a penchant for helping people in need and decided to use their training and skills to create an organisation which had other similar like minded humanitarians and benevolent people to help others with an 'all hazards' capacity when the need arose, especially in an emergency or disaster.
ERT SAR (orginally as OSAR) officially started on 1st December 2002 although the genesis of ERT SAR was many years before.