Comox search and rescue re-brand to improve recognition
Volunteers that make up the Search and Rescue in the Comox Valley have rebranded themselves as The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (Formally known as the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary- Pacific)
“This renaming and new identity is a significant step forward for our organization,” Station Leader Jim Linderbeck declared, “It will greatly improve our connection and recognition in the communities in which we serve.”
The organization assist the Canadian Coast Guard,police,fire, and other authorities to emergencies on or near the water.
Leaders of the organization wanted to make it clear that this Search and Rescue group is not part of the Canadian Coast Guard.
"Whenever there is a rescue in our area the media comes out and says it was the Coast Guard that was tasked to the rescue," said Linderbeck. "It wasn't them, it was us."
Linderbeck claims they receive $100,000 from the gaming grants and money donated from the local public through The Comox Valley Marine Society.
"Most people think we are a federally sponsored group, so it makes it hard to get money explained Linderbeck." We have to replace our boats, our equipment so that takes money. Money from our public here in the Comox Valley, that's where it came from before and it will have come from again."
The main goal for the local organization is replace their current outdated SAR boat which they hope to accomplish within the next year.
The Comox station, like most stations across the province are actively recruiting volunteers to serve on rescue vessels or provide support on shore.
"We are operating 247 365 days with crews on call to be hear and get the boat on the water" added Linderbeck." We have Volunteers from every walk of life here, from every age group 18 and upwards."
More information here can be found at the RCM-SAR website
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