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, PARA Marine 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. These can include:
- vessels in distress via MAY DAY or PAN PAN emergency calls
- over due or missing vessels
- vessels in need of a tow
As illustrated by the map below of taskings since 2002, while our patrol area is off Durham Region, we will go wherever we are tasked to go by JRCC.
Interested in getting a sense of what it’s like out on a call, take a look at this.