VICTORIA, B.C. – A leader in emergency management and disaster response has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.
Pat Quealey joins Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue from his role as Assistant Deputy Minister for Emergency Management BC (EMBC) where he was responsible for the leadership of the Province’s agency for planning, preparedness and response to emergencies and disasters. Critical to this role was fostering unity of effort across many organizations charged with ensuring public safety. In this senior role he also oversaw improving support for the province’s public safety lifeline volunteers including ground search and rescue organizations.
Prior to his position with provincial government, Mr. Quealey completed a 25-year career with the Canadian Armed Forces. His overseas deployments included peace-keeping operations in Bosnia and co-ordinating multi-national security and combat operations in Afghanistan. In Canada, among other responsibilities, he planned and led the coordination of the military’s support to security and disaster response operations in British Columbia and Alberta. This included support to the Commander of Maritime Forces/Joint Task Force Pacific in the consequence management of air and marine search and rescue operations.
Mr. Quealey’s credentials include a Graduate Certificate in disaster science from the University of Richmond in Virginia; a Master of Military Arts and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College; a Graduate Certificate in applied science from the Royal Military College of Science in England; and a Bachelor of Arts from the Royal Military College of Canada.
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) is British Columbia’s volunteer marine rescue organization, a charity that is part of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary system. RCM-SAR’s 1,100 volunteers at more than 40 rescue stations are called to about 800 marine emergencies every year.
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