RCM SAR 63 Kitimat
Founded in 1988, the Kitimat Marine Rescue Society (RCM SAR 63) has been dedicated to providing a 24/7, 365 days a year fast response to mariners in distress.
Who We Are
RCM-SAR 63 is a group of highly skilled volunteers who dedicate their time to providing 24-hour year-round emergency search and rescue services in the Kitimat Harbour area to the outer reaches of the Douglas Channel.
In turn, we rely on community support to keep our crews equipped and our rescue vessels on call. Together with the Canadian Coast Guard and other local emergency service providers, we're here to make sure that help is always available to mariners in distress.
Our volunteers are hardworking individuals who have come together out of a love for the sea and a desire to be of service to their community.
What We Do
The station responds to marine distress incidents and participates in many community events throughout the year.
Here is a sample of what we do:
Tow disabled vessels to remove the vessel and its occupants from danger. This usually means we take them to the nearest safe harbour, or return to Kitimat.
Search for overdue vessels and respond to visual distress signals.
Assist in the evacuation of people requiring medical services.
Act as the safety boat for harbour events such as the Polar Bear Swim.
RCM SAR 63's primary fast response craft (FRC) is the "Snowflake Responder III", a Titan Falkins Type II. This BC built vessel is the flagship of RCM-SAR.
Top Speed: 39.9 knots
Cruising Speed: 32 knots
Length: 36.5 feet
Beam: 12 feet
Power Plant: 2 x 435hp Volvo Diesels
Jet Pumps: Hamilton 274 Jets
Max Speed: 39.9 knots
Operational range: 300 nautical miles (550 km) on single tank
Capacity: 12 crew and 2 full size stretchers
Capability (waves): 15 meter seas
Capability (wind): 50 knots
Equipped with: High end thermal camera (FLIR), Shock absorbing seats
Directional Finder, HD digital Radar
We provide all of the training needed to become a crew member on the rescue boat. Some of our members have extensive backgrounds in marine activities, and while prior experience is preferred it is not a prerequisite and we welcome anyone dedicated and committed to our cause! We also look for "train the trainer" opportunities so that our members can share their skills and broaden our training program.
Search and Rescue Navigation 1 & 2
Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
Simulated Electronic Navigation (Limited)
Marine Emergency Duties (A3)
Rigid Hull Inflatable Operator Training
Incident Command System
Critical Incident Stress Management
Marine Advance First Responder