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...

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...

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...

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...

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 […]

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 […]

Dream of New Rescue Boat Becomes Reality for RCMSAR Station Shuswap

RCMSAR’s sole inland-SAR station expanded their fleet this summer, launching their new vessel during Sicamous’ annual Sun and Sand Parade. RCMSAR Station Shuswap welcomed the Tolonen, 40-foot 2007 Titan rigid inflatable SAR boat, on August 2, after a lengthy ground and water journey from its original base in Victoria. On August 5, the Tolonen joined […]

Ground SAR Group Trains at RCMSAR Headquarters

On Saturday, July 8, Juan De Fuca Search & Rescue (JDF SAR) conducted ground search and rescue (GSAR) training at the RCMSAR Headquarters and Training Centre in East Sooke. JDF SAR is an inland ground SAR group with more than 60 active members, with specialized teams in rope rescue, Project Lifesaver, swift-water rescue, first aid […]

Crew Recognition: Can We Do Better?

RCMSAR members put in countless hours of volunteer work, asking very little in return, so it is all the more important to acknowledge their contributions and achievements. A “thank you” or “well done” goes a long way, but should and could we do more? Late last year,...