Kitsilano Coast Guard Station
In the early 2000’s the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base was eliminated by Federal Government. This station’s main coverage area was the Vancouver and environs water front. Often south to Point Roberts and north to Howe Sound. The base had served Vancouver well for many decades and its loss was sorely felt by the marine community. Fred had been a coxswain at the station and his corporate experience, skills and knowledge were key in having the station restored.
Because of the increase in the SAR operational staff, accommodations had to be increased, and the relocation of Environmental response to Kitsilano also required training room and offices for staff. The completion date will be in the spring. Meanwhile the SAR crew have been operation out of a temporary station in the Port of Vancouver.
Kitsilano Station also has a new SAR vessel (CG-158), a 13.6 Meter Response Boat medium twin diesel jet driven vessel capable of top speed 42.5 knots with a range of 250 nautical miles. The vessel has a 5 person crew. Over 180 RB-M vessels have been delivered to the US Coast Guard and other first responders since 2008–a well proven vessel.
The station will also have an environmental response boat and a fast response vessel like the former 733.