Flood Legacy Bursary

Applications are closed for 2018.

The History

This bursary has been running for five years now, since it was established after the extreme flooding that occured in Alberta in June, 2013. Emergency responders involved in the flooding event felt that the greatest challenge of the crisis was the effective and timely allocation of all available resources (see our Alberta Emergency Responder survey results for the full report).  In an effort to ensure more emergency responders were prepared to deal with moving water situations, like river rescues and flood rescues, Raven Rescue created a Flood Legacy Bursary to assist smaller, volunteer departments and SAR teams obtain the right certification to operate safely during swiftwater and flood incidents.

The Bursary Today

As global warming increases, disasterous flood events will continue to affect more of Canada every year. As a result, in 2017, we extended the Flood Legacy Bursary to emergency responders across Canada.  

In 2018, we expanded the scope of the bursary to include Rescue From Vehicles In Water training for responders from Central and Eastern Canada.  The VIW training will still be offered at our one-of-a-kind venue outside of Vancouver, BC but we hope to contribute to the affordability of this specialized course by providing free tuition for successful recipients from Central and Eastern Canada.

Flood waters are considered "swiftwater" by the NFPA. Recipients of the bursary are awarded a space in our SRT1 course or our VIW course.

Read Their Stories

Recipients are regularly featured on our blog.

Are you eligible?

  • volunteer firefighter or SAR team member
  • member of department or team anywhere in Canada
  • experienced flooding since 2013
  • one (1) bursary is available per department or team per year
  • VIW is only available to applicants from Central and Eastern Canada (Saskatchewan and East)

Five bursaries are available annually. 

How do I apply?

Via Email to info@ravenrescue.com by the deadline:

  • provide a compelling summary of your flood experience since 2013.
  • provide proof of your volunteer fire or SAR team membership
  • provide a photo of yourself in your turnout/response gear
  • note "Flood Bursary Application" in the subject line of your email
  • clearly note if you are applying from Central or Eastern Canada for a VIW course

If you have questions, don't hesitate to call us at 1 (250) 847 2427 or toll free at 1 (800) 880 0287.

Small Print

  • Bursaries are not transferrable to other course types, or equipment purchases
  • Bursaries are not transferrable to other people


June 22-23

Swiftwater Operations

  • $449
  • Smithers, BC

June 22-24

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $549
  • Smithers, BC

June 26-28

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $549
  • Canmore, AB

June 26-27

Swiftwater Operations

  • $449
  • Canmore, AB
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Darren Saare
Port Alberni Search & Rescue

Once again it was great working with Raven Rescue. The course environment was a challenge, since we were in heavy flood conditions, but Craig did a great job of adjusting the curriculum to meet the needs of the participants while maintaining a sufficient level of safety amongst heavy debris, massive whirlpools and somewhat bizarrely... a couple of huge sea lions that strayed up the river to play in the chaos.


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