The PARA Marine Search & Rescue
PARA Marine Search & Rescue maintains and operates a rescue vessel with the marine rescue call sign PARU. As founding member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, PARA Marine Search & Rescue is part of District 1 of the Central and Arctic region.
PARA Marine Search & Rescue is one of the oldest volunteer marine search and rescue units on Lake Ontario. The unit originated as the Pickering Emergency Rescue Unit (PERU) in 1967, and it was renamed to the Pickering Ajax Rescue Unit in 1975. PARA legally incorporated as, Pickering Auxiliary Rescue Association, in 1996 and in 2019 rebranded as PARA Marine Search & Rescue. PARA Marine Search & Rescue is a Registered Charitable Corporation.
Our history is one of long-time dedication to the boaters of Pickering. Since 1967 PARA Marine Search & Rescue has undergone many changes and has constantly grown stronger, both in manpower and boat capability. We have had just 3 vessels over the years and in 1997, the latest vessel PARU was launched. Throughout this time, our volunteer organization have provided over 50 years of committed service to the boating community of Pickering, Ajax and Whitby and the surrounding areas.
PARA Marine Search & Rescue in Action
The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is responsible for manning the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) out of Trenton, Ontario. The CCG maintains assets in strategic locations on Lake Ontario and along with the local volunteer auxiliary units provide the marine assets. Additionally, the Royal Canadian Air Force provides air assets (fixed wing aircraft and helicopters) and SAR Technicians to support any SAR missions.
To support this mandate, PARU is tasked by the JRCC for various missions in the local area. The goal is to provide the most effective response in helping those in need in the water.