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Richmond Marine Rescue Society

PO Box 107, 9 - 8671 No. 1 Rd.
Richmond, BC, V7C 1V2
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Strait of Georgia Marine Rescue Society

PO Box 36025, 10991 No. 1 Road,
Richmond, BC, V7E 1S1
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2012 - 2013 Board of Directors:
Jason Boer - President
Eric Symons - Vice-President
Lynn Hobbs - Treasurer
John Owen - Director at Large
Larry Peake - Director at Large
Norbie Brand - Director at Large
Kevin Robertson - Director at Large
2012 - 2013 Board of Directors:
Brian Hobbs - President/Treasurer
Kevin Melanson - Vice-President
Lynn Fader - Secretary
Paddy Ryan - Director

Non-government funded Marine Search and Rescue is not unique to Canada, many industrialized nations rely on Volunteer organizations for such services. RCMSAR, Station 10 - Richmond relies heavily on the support of two Societies; Richmond Marine Rescue Society (RMRS) and Strait of Georgia Marine Rescue Society (SoGMRS).

Both RMRS and SoGMRS are registered non-profit societies, formed in the 1990's and provide the funding and resources for the operation of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, Station 10 - Richmond.  These societies are separate entities and fund raise and operate independently.

Richmond Marine Rescue Society supports the search and rescue vessel, RCMSAR 7, which is a delta-configured, rigid hull inflatable (RHIB), fast response vessel based out of Steveston on the Fraser River. The vessel is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots in most sea conditions and carries a full complement of first aid gear including oxygen therapy. RCMSAR 7 is an important resource for the Fraser River, Georgia Strait, and surrounding areas in providing 24-hour Marine Search and Rescue services.

Strait of Georgia Marine Rescue Society supports the search and rescue vessel, RCMSAR 6, which is a t-top RHIB, fast response vessel based in the Middle Arm near the Olympic Speed Skating Oval.  The vessel provides 24-hour Marine Search and Rescue services covering English Bay and the Georgia Strait, as well as the North Arm of the Fraser River from the Pacific Ocean to the Port Mann Bridge and the Vancouver Airport.   In addition to the two dedicated SAR vessels, the Societies work jointly to also support two additional training vessels - Tango 1 and the Nucleus.   The objective of both Societies is to ensure that the vessels, equipment, and training provided to Station 10 volunteers is of the highest possible standard, providing the peace of mind and confidence needed while engaged in rescue response tasks.  

As a volunteer organization, all Station 10 and Society activities are performed without profit or gain to our members. Adequate funding is essential for Station 10 to effectively provide the search and rescue services needed within the coastal and inland waters of BC's Lower Mainland. Funding and equipment are typically obtained through individual donations, community organizations, corporations, and various fundraising activities undertaken by the volunteer members of Station 10.  In addition, the ongoing and tremendous support from the Province of British Columbia Gaming Commission is a cornerstone in our operational fundraising efforts.

Volunteers in the Station and on the Board for each Society, put in hundreds of hours each year... ranging from 5 hours to 20 hours a week. Station 10 diligently maintains all vessels and equipment, but there is only so much that can be done as time, use, and the elements take their toll.  Both the boating community and the rescuers themselves rely on this equipment to be in tip top shape, as an emergency on the water is no time for mechanical or equipment failure. This is why it is so important that both Societies meet their objective to ensure that Station 10 is provided with the support needed so there are no impediments to the fast and safe resolution of a marine incident.

Your donation will help ensure that Station 10 can continue to deliver its volunteer services in a professional manner, and in doing so, save lives.

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