The Team was formed in 1978 . In 1988 the members financed and built the PGSAR building in the Village of Pugwash and is used for meetings, training and events. To date, there are 26 volunteered members who dedicate time and knowledge to this organization and continue to train.
The Pugwash Ground Search and Rescue (PGSAR) is a volunteer group working under the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO). The Team assist's local, municipal and provincial authorities during emergencies and at times is asked to provide support to other teams in the province. The Team owns a mobile command post for assignments that are of long duration or complicated.