Search and Rescue
The citizens of the Comox Valley are fortunate to have a number of organizations that provide search and rescue services through many dedicated volunteers.
There are currently five different community organizations that provide valuable public safety services to residents and visitors in the Comox Valley. On average in a given year, these organizations are deployed close to 300 times to incidents that include water safety, missing persons and vehicle accidents. Volunteers undergo extensive training in order to respond to search and rescue incidents.
The organizations that currently receive operational funding assistance from the CVRD include:
- responds to requests made by the RCMP to provide assistance in search and rescue operations or civil disasters
- operates out of Station #60 and is a Canadian Coast Guard auxiliary marine search and rescue unit located in Comox
- unit #71 responds to Courtenay fire protection district, Merville fire protection district, Black Creek fire protection district specified area bylaw no. 34 and mutual aid agreement areas; this unit is used to transport specialized rescue equipment to incidents such as motor vehicle accidents, industrial accidents, cave-ins and confined space situations
- rescue unit # 4 responds to motor vehicle accidents, medical incidents and emergencies and provides assistance to the RCMP and Comox Valley ground search and rescue
- in addition to rescue unit #4, the Cumberland Fire Department also deploys a rescue boat (unit #8) on Comox Lake during the peak season of May to October
- this unit is deployed for water based incidents on Comox Lake, performs fire patrols and can assist with small spills and provides assistance to the RCMP, Comox Valley ground search and rescue and the BC Forest Service
- unit # 36 responds to medical emergencies (First Responder Program) as well as responding to rescue incidents and motor vehicle accidents