MORE ABOUT RCM-SAR STATION 25:
Our 30 plus unit members are all volunteers based on Salt Spring Island. We are trained and geared to successfully tackle anything we may encounter on an marine emergency call. The marine environment can be hazardous, and the Gulf Islands is an extremely active area for boaters, many of whom are Salt Spring Island residents. Our vessel is therefore kept well-equipped and in good repair. Volunteers are provided with the use of a range of gear and equipment to help ensure the highest levels of quality and safety, including, but not limited to survival dry-suits, floater suits, communications units, an AED, night vision goggles and dewatering pumps.
We regularly participate in co-training with Salt Spring Island Search and Rescue (SSI SAR), neighbouring Marine SAR Units and the Canadian Coast Guard unit based in Ganges harbour.
Station 25 volunteers offer safe boating programs for students of the local school district, conduct Courtesy Safety checks for the marine community, and assists the Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre in transporting injured animals and birds needing help to Salt Spring Island.
OUR LOCATION AND AREA SERVED:
Station 25 is based in Vesuvius Harbour on Salt Spring Island, the largest of the Southern Gulf Islands. The Gulf Islands offer some of the finest recreational boating in the world. We have protected waters and beautiful islands, but occasionally significant tides, currents and changeable weather.
We serve communities on the east coast of Vancouver Island, all of the Gulf Islands and the large tourist population visiting the region year-round. Our coverage focuses especially on the Samsun Narrows, the Stuart, Pylades and Trincomali Channels - although we have also been called out beyond.
OUR FAST RESPONSE VESSEL:
Station 25 operates a Titan 249 XL Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB), the Amarah Gabriel based in Vesuvius harbour, powered by twin 225 HP Yamaha outboard engines and which can reach speeds in excess of 40 knots.
On board behind the helm position are 2 GPS/Chartplotter and Radar consoles, a self righting system, tow assembly, VHF radios, dewatering pump, searchlights, first aid equipment, an AED and buoyant stretcher, as well as other Marine SAR and safety equipment.
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