Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR), formerly known as Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary - Pacific, is a volunteer Search & Rescue (SAR) organization that Saves Lives on the Water.
Supported by a community based not-for-profit charitable society, Fraser Marine Rescue Society, and as one of the busiest volunteer marine SAR units on the coast, RCM-SAR Richmond is involved in more than 4 dozen marine incidents each year ranging from responding to broken down vessels that are at risk, to medical emergencies on the water. RCM-SAR is just one organization that operates as part of the maritime Search and Rescue system in Canada. RCM-SAR has the ability to work with partners across jurisdictions, including primary maritime SAR assets of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), to effect positive outcomes to any potentially dangerous or life threatening maritime situation.
In addition to providing emergency response, we participate in more than 20 boating safety and public awareness activities through-out each calendar year. Such events include (but are not limited to): Fireworks events, City of Richmond dock & shoreside events and yacht club events, to name a few. We are also certified providers of the Pleasurecraft Courtesy Check (PCCC) program.
For a marine emergency on the water: You can reach Coast Guard on VHF CH 16, or *16 on mobile phone in coastal waters of B.C., Canada where service is available.
In its' formal inception in 1988, Station 10 was originally known as Station 7 funded through the "Steveston Marine Rescue Society”. At this time operations were based in Steveston only and the monies raised by the Society supported Station 7. Small fundraising operations were organized and usually less than $1,000 was raised a few times a year, which did keep the operation functional. All members were required to purchase their own equipment as there was no funding to cover those expenses.