Station #1 – West Vancouver
Station One (West Vancouver) began operations in 1987 based in Fisherman’s Cove. Station 1 has 40 qualified Coxswains and crew and provides search and rescue operations covering the waters of Howe Sound, False Creek and English Bay up to the Lion’s Gate Bridge. We respond to most “on-water” incidents in the local area, as well as provide vital responder support to emergencies on the local islands. In 2013, Station 1 crews spent over 540 hours on the water responding to marine emergencies, training and attending special community events. Station 1 responded to 79 marine emergencies in 2013 making it the busiest RCMSAR station on the coast. Station 1 operates two rescue vessels, the Craig Rea Spirit, a Falkins Class rescue boat which entered service in the spring of 2012 and the Howe Sound Rescue Boat. The Craig Rea Spirit and the Station’s base are located on the pier in Horseshoe Bay. This is a prominent position in our community and serves to remind all boaters (and nearby BC Ferry users) that we stand ready to provide 24-hour lifeboat support to anyone in distress or whose life is in danger on or near the water. The location attracts many visitors on sunny days and members of the public are welcomed aboard to see the boat anytime stations members are present thus further raising the profile of RCMSAR. The Howe Sound rescue boat is moored in Fisherman’s cove and presently acts as a backup and training vessel. Each May, Station 1 hosts the annual SAREx (Search And Rescue Exercise) where members of surrounding stations are invited to participate in a day of training exercises and simulations as well as meet fellow crew members of RCMSAR. The West Vancouver Marine Rescue Society is a registered charity, formed in March 2012. It supports the activities of RCMSAR Station 1 by raising funds to cover crew training, equipment and capital expenses.