Responding to more than 60 potentially life-saving missions every year, the Richmond RCMSAR’s Station 10 needs every cent it can get its hands on.
So, a $12,000 donation last week from Chevron Canada towards improved equipment and fuel was a well-received, early Christmas present.
The funding will be used to support training and improved equipment for the men and women who are on call year round, 24 hours a day, ready to respond to marine emergencies in and around the Steveston area.
“RCMSAR provides an invaluable lifesaving service for those in distress on the water,” said Chevron spokesperson Adrien Byrne.
“And Chevron supports the role of Station 10 in keeping the Richmond sea-going community safe.” The donation is a $10,000 cash donation toward search and rescue equipment and a $2,000 fuel credit at the Steveston Chevron facility.
“This support from Chevron will really help to keep our crews safe and ready to help the public,” said Station 10’s leader, Aaron Harnden. “We rely heavily on public and corporate support to keep our boats operational.”
Station 10 is one of more than 40 on the Pacific coast and in the B.C. Interior.
RCMSAR (Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue) is a charity with more than 1,200 volunteer members.
Its crews train to Canadian Coast Guard approved standards and respond to an average of 800 marine emergencies a year.