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    Six RCMSAR stations recently took part in an on-water mass rescue operations training exercise jointly managed by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Coast Guard with coordination at the provincial level provided by Emergency Management BC. On October 25, a simulated fire took place onboard BC Ferries MV Coastal Renaissance in Trincomali Channel […]

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    By Chris Wickham, Coxswain, RCMSAR Station Mill Bay This winter I had the privilege of attending the IMRF Lifeboat Crew Exchange Programme in Germany, hosted by the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS). The objective: to share experiences, ideas, and best practices and to improve training and operational capacity. Our group had volunteer professionals […]

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    On Friday, March 9th, RCMSAR CEO, Pat Quealey and Director of Operations, Jason van der Valk, along with two colleagues from Emergency Management BC (EMBC), departed Victoria by plane to begin our 5-day tour to visit our members in the Northern RCMSAR Stations which are located in Kitimat, Hartley Bay, Prince Rupert, Lax Kw’alaams , […]

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    British Columbia—60% of water-related fatalities occur during the summer months,1 and The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable) wants to remind British Columbians that drowning and other boating-related injuries are preventable. Starting the May long weekend and running until Labour Day, recreational boaters will be reminded to have a word with themselves before they go out […]

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    We are now one step closer towards the successful execution of the much-anticipated World Maritime Rescue Congress, planned for June 2019 in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre’s East Building. It is with great pleasure that I share the announcement of our project partners: International Conference Services. International Conference Services, or ICS as they are […]

    The post Project Partner Chosen for World Maritime Rescue Congress appeared first on RCMSAR.


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    When and why did you join RCMSAR? I joined RCMSAR Station Squamish in the summer of 2015. I joined during a gap year between high school and university. Throughout high school I was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, getting my first exposure to first aid, survival and leadership training as I worked […]

    The post North Vancouver Crew Member Prepares for Norwegian Adventure appeared first on RCMSAR.


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  • 12/31/17--14:10: SAREX 2017
  • SAREx 2017 was the biggest and best yet with nearly 170 RCMSAR crew participating plus members of our Board of Governors, Headquarters team and our Canadian Coast Guard SAR partners. The event, which took place May 12–14 at the Sunshine Coast’s Camp Elphinstone, was an excellent opportunity for members from throughout the region to learn, […]

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  • 12/31/17--21:50: The Readiness Project
  • What is the Readiness Project? The Readiness Project is a multi-year project intended to improve operational readiness across the entire organization in three pillars: training, personnel and support. Our approach to the project is to use evidence-based information to inform option analysis in each pillar, determining how we can improve our effectiveness through better resource […]

    The post The Readiness Project appeared first on RCMSAR.


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  • 02/06/18--20:47: RCMSAR 2017 Annual Report
  • See RCMSAR’s rescue and prevention activities for 2017, including details on partnerships, how we support our volunteers, financial support and future plans. Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is a volunteer-based organization that operates more than 30 marine rescue stations on the British Columbia coast and in the BC Interior. From Vancouver’s busy harbour to […]

    The post RCMSAR 2017 Annual Report appeared first on RCMSAR.


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  • 02/14/18--17:18: Vessels and Equipment Update
  • Latest Type I Sea Trials The newest Type I commenced sea trials January 19 on a blustery day off Sidney. The latest Type I was built for RCMSAR Station Victoria and sea trials were conducted by Bruce Falkins, Earl Shirley and David Best. The vessel performed well. Final delivery is expected at month’s end. As standard gear, RCMSAR […]

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    The post Working Together at SAREX 2018 appeared first on RCMSAR.


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    Six RCMSAR stations recently took part in an on-water mass rescue operations training exercise jointly managed by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Coast Guard with coordination at the provincial level provided by Emergency Management BC. On October 25, a simulated fire took place onboard BC Ferries MV Coastal Renaissance in Trincomali Channel […]

    The post RCMSAR Crews Respond to Simulated Ferry Fire in Exercise Salish Sea 2017 appeared first on RCMSAR.


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    The post RCMSAR supports public safety mandates appeared first on RCMSAR.


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    Alistair Duncan provides a first look at the new Type 2, currently being built for Station 45 Masset.

    The post Falkins Class – Type 2 Under Construction for Masset appeared first on RCMSAR.


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  • 11/08/18--10:16: Memories Made at SAREX 2018
  • Ralph Mohrmann, RCMSAR Director of Readiness looks back on SAREX 2018 and the benefits of working together. Picture gallery included!

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    Amber Sheasgreen makes a big change from Coxswain with Station 64, Prince Rupert to full-time Operations Manager with RCMSAR Headquarters in East Sooke.

    The post RCMSAR HQ Welcomes New Operations Manager appeared first on RCMSAR.


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    On November 6, the Maritime Museum of BC awarded Jane McIvor, RCMSAR Board Member, the Beaver Medal of Maritime Excellence in a ceremony at Government House in Victoria.

    The post RCMSAR Board Member Awarded Medal of Excellence appeared first on RCMSAR.


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