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Volunteer Marine Search and Rescue

As an integral part of the Canadian Search and Rescue (SAR) system, the mission of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) is to provide a volunteer marine rescue service and to promote public boating safety on the lakes, the inland straits and waters, and the Pacific Ocean coast of British Columbia in Canada.

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary -Pacific rebranded to Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue in May 2012 to reiterate the fact that we are a non profit organization and  our crews are all volunteers.  To stay up-to-date on Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, please visit:  

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue - Pacific Stations on the British Columbia Coast
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue - Pacific Stations on the British Columbia Coast
March 21st, 2015
March 21st, 2015

March 2016 Compass Newsletter

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March 2016 Compass - What's Inside.

- Meet RCM-SAR's New Executive Officer: Pat Quealey!
- Rescue Roundups
- Call for Volunteer HR Manager
- Lower Mainland SAREx 2016
- CCG Pod Exercise with Ucluelet
- Crew Member of the Month: Dean Donnelly
- What's New in Training and Operations

and much more!

The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue formerly the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (Pacific) is a volunteer organisation of over 1,000 people from many backgrounds who give up a great deal of their own time to train, be trained, and be on standby, in case they are needed to respond to a marine emergency on the water. These volunteers have the use of modern well equipped rescue vessels that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The rescue vessels used are, for the most part, rigid hull inflatables. Most of the fleet of 41 vessels are less than 5 years old, and owned by societies local to the area where their vessels operate. The funds for building these vessels has to a large degree been provided by BC Gaming, as well as through significant corporate contributions, legacies, private donations and fundraising. Donations have also paid for much of the volunteers´ protective clothing as well as the equipment on board. Many thanks goes to these contributors.
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue's area of operations is based on the Pacific coast of British Columbia which has more than 27,000 kilometres of rugged coastline, over 6,000 islands (most uninhabited), and approximately 450,000 square kilometres of internal and offshore waters.

It is a challenge to provide search and rescue response capability to such a large area, and our volunteers meet the challenge with determination and professionalism, and assist those in peril on the sea.

Overall Stats (Last 12 Months)
SAR/Safety Units 42
Administrative Units 5
Assets 76
Personnel (crew) 1017
Personnel (non-crew) 90
SAR Missions 862
Total Mission Hours 1606.79
Training Exercises 2415
Total Training Hours 5697.00
Classroom Sessions 1354
Total Classroom Hours 2427.75
Other Activities 2888
Total Activity Hours 7457.94
Total Hours 17189.48
Person Hours 75058.73
People Assisted 436
People Saved 128
Property Value $12,401,246.00


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