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Unit 25 flashback - ready room construction

In June of 2012, the members of Unit 25 raised a new ready room, which continues to reside at Centennial dock and be used as a base for GIMRS activities, such as our recent fireworks safety patrol on Canada Day. 

All members of Unit 25 are non-renumerated volunteers.  We spent many hours on the water doing training, patrol, and boater safety education.  There are also numerous other volunteer activities that we do to keep the unit up and running, such as fundraising (thank you supporters!), vessel maintenance and, yes, ready room construction! 

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Upcoming Activities

April 13 - Pleasure Craft Safety Checks (PCSC) for the Maple Bay Yacht Club

May 18 - Co-train with Unit 20 Salish Sea (based on North Pender Island)


Upcoming Activities

February 16: Co-training with Salt Spring Search & Rescue in a joint SAREX.

April 13: Pleasure Craft Safety Checks for the Maple Bay Yacht Club

Driftwood Article on January 6 Skills Day

Read the Driftwood article on last Sunday's successful inter-unit skills day hosted here at Salt Spring by Unit 25.  Thanks to: our newest coxswain Nic for taking the lead on organizing the day; Brentwood Bay, Ladysmith, and Pender RCMSAR units, and the Ganges coast guard professionals for coming out; and to Terry from Salt Spring Land SAR for spending most of the day in the water at Fernwood Dock to help us practice our reboarding techniques!

The Santa Ship Visits the Gulf Islands

RCM-SAR 25 (circled in green) and the Cape Naden escorting the Santa Ship from Lyall Harbour to Hope Bay.  This photo was taken on board RCM-SAR 20, who was also part of the fleet.

The Cape Naden, RCM-SAR 20 (Pender Island), and RCM-SAR 25 (Ganges) escorted the Santa Ship through the Gulf Islands yesterday.  Thanks to our SAR colleagues for a great day of inter-unit collaboration.  Thanks to the Lions Club and their many volunteers for organizing Santa's annual visit to our region.

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December 8, 2012: Santa Ship

Every year, Station 25 accompanies the Santa Ship through the Southern Gulf Islands with stops at Lyle Harbour on Saturna Island, Hope Bay on North Pender Island, Miner’s Bay on Mayne Island, Montague Harbour on Galiano Island, and Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Island.

SAREX March 9th

On March 10th CCGA Aux 25, sponsored by Gulf Islands Marine Rescue Society, hosted a Search and Rescue Exercise [SAREX] that also involved Ganges CCG, Aux 20 from Pender Island and Salt Spring Land Search & Rescue [LandSAR].  All agencies met at the Fernwood Dock in Trincomali Channel, on the northeast of Salt Spring Island. 

Three senior members from Aux 25 created a realistic training scenario based on a hypothetical tasking to search for people injured in a collision between two vessels. 

Members of LandSAR conducted a shoreline search. The casualty, played by a  unit volunteer, once located was assessed, given first aid and then packaged for transport to Fernwood dock where, in real life, there would be a hand-off to BC Ambulance. Aux 20 and Aux 25 were deployed to investigate and recover an Oscar (our life-size dummy) and two injured personnel aboard the one vessel still afloat.

CCG OIC (officer in charge) Ian Kyle, was OSC.   Radio comms were preceded by “For exercise purposes only” and JRCC was consulted ahead of time. 

The main purpose for this SAREX was to practice working together with other units and agencies as part of an effective search and rescue effort. Central to this is communication and being directed by the on scene command based upon the information received by them.  The planners built in a few curve-balls to the events so that the participants had to respond to a developing situation and adjust their resources. 

At the debrief all parties were happy with how the SAREX went and said they look forward to further opportunities to train together.  When you plan your next SAREX be sure to include JRCC well in advance.