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Bill Riggs Joins RCMSAR as CEO

Bill Riggs Joins RCMSAR as CEO

Bill Riggs has joined the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue headquarters team as Chief Executive Officer following a broad nation-wide search. “Bill brings a proven and impressive track record to the position,” said Chris Gouglas, Chairman of the RCMSAR Board of...

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RCMSAR Welcomes Interim CEO Ken Burton

RCMSAR Welcomes Interim CEO Ken Burton

As RCMSAR's search for a new CEO gets underway, Captain Ken Burton will be taking on the role of Interim CEO during the transition. Appointed to the RCMSAR Board of Governors in 2015, Captain Burton has stepped down from his position with the Board to be able to act...

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RCMSAR bids farewell to CEO Pat Quealey

RCMSAR bids farewell to CEO Pat Quealey

On July 5, RCMSAR Headquarters staff said a bittersweet goodbye to Chief Executive Officer, Pat Quealey, who is moving on to a new role with the Canadian Red Cross in British Columbia and Yukon. For three years, Pat led RCMSAR with a fierce dedication to mission,...

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Donate to RCMSAR

 Your contributions help support our volunteer training and our keep our equipment in excellent condition. Donations are also used for prevention programs that save lives on the water before a rescue is needed.

RCMSAR supports public safety mandates

RCMSAR supports public safety mandates

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is featured in the November 2018 edition of BC Shipping News Magazine, available for purchase now.  RCMSAR is part of a proud tradition of lifeboat services on the West Coast dating back more than a century.  With a broadened...

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Think boating-related injuries and drowning just “happen”?

Think boating-related injuries and drowning just “happen”?

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...

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RCMSAR Northern Stations Visit — “Northern Exposure”

RCMSAR Northern Stations Visit — “Northern Exposure”

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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Vessels and Equipment Update

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...

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RCMSAR 2017 Annual Report

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...

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The Readiness Project

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...

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SAREX 2017

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...

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North Vancouver Crew Member Prepares for Norwegian Adventure

North Vancouver Crew Member Prepares for Norwegian Adventure

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,...

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Project Partner Chosen for World Maritime Rescue Congress

Project Partner Chosen for World Maritime Rescue Congress

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...

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Mill Bay Coxswain Trains with International Maritime Rescue Federation

Mill Bay Coxswain Trains with International Maritime Rescue Federation

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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RCMSAR Crews Respond to Simulated Ferry Fire in Exercise Salish Sea 2017

RCMSAR Crews Respond to Simulated Ferry Fire in Exercise Salish Sea 2017

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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From Vancouver’s busy harbour to the remote waters of the North Coast, our volunteer crews are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to respond to marine emergencies. Thanks to the generosity of our partners and donors, we are saving lives on the water.

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