Following in the centuries old tradition of coastal communities coming to the aid of seafarers in trouble, the Gibsons Marine Rescue Society is a 100% community-based volunteer organization that formally enables the operation of our local Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue unit. Known as RCM-SAR Station 14, the Society and the Rescue Unit were established in 1977. The Rescue Crew, Support Crew and the Society and Board (affectionately known as the Shore Crew) are all volunteers living or working in the Gibsons or Roberts Creek communities.
RCM-SAR Station 14 is the operational arm of the Society charged with responding to rescue tasking received from the Canadian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC). We operate in conjunction with the Canadian Coast Guard and under procedures established through the province-wide Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) organization. While we work closely with the Canadian Coast Guard, we are not a government organization nor are we government funded.
Raising the funds necessary to operate Station 14, falls to the broader membership and Board of Directors of the Gibsons Marine Rescue Society (GMRS). Funds are raised entirely through community donations and grant applications. GMRS is a registered charitable organization in Canada (Canada Revenue Agency Charity Number 81033 7311 RR0001) and all donations are tax-deductible. For every dollar raised by GMRS, a full dollar goes to purchasing and maintaining our search and rescue equipment. There are no paid employees at Station 14. There are no administration fees and no hidden costs. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada provides some funding that partially covers our mission fuel costs, based on each rescue mission assigned to and undertaken by Station 14. All other costs, including training fuel, maintenance, equipment, training course fees, and administration are covered by funds raised by the Society.
If the work we do inspires you to help, please consider joining the Rescue Crew, Support Crew or Shore Crew, or financially supporting us through a donation. For more information, please go to our Join Us or Help Us pages.