Houseboat Evacuation Drill – May 18th

Under the leadership of BC Ambulance Unit Chief (Sicamous) Kathy Crandlemire members of RCMSAR 106 (Shuswap) reviewed and practiced extracting victims from the upper levels of houseboats and from tight quarters.  Thanks to Kathy’s paramedics Jim Willis and Donovan Rota for assisting with the training.  This is but one example of the continual training RCMSAR members under take.


Joint Services Exercise May 14th

RCMSAR 106 (Shuswap) participated in a Joint Services Exercise on Saturday, May 14th.  Other services included Shuswap Search and Rescue, Vernon Search and Rescue, Fire Services from most regions in the CSRD, BC Ambulance Service, RCMP, Eagle Valley Road and the Ministry of Environment.  Arranged through the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Shuswap Emergency Program in conjunction with Waterways Houseboats and the District of Sicamous the exercise proved that we have many great protection services able to work together.  Kudos to Cliff Doherty, Manager of Emergency Services for CSRD, for his leadership in bringing this exercise together.


Vessel Added to Fleet

Recently a vessel from the Vernon Safety Station was transferred to RCMSAR 106 (Shuswap).  The open cabin Boston Whaler gives Shuswap Station an added resource for training, boat inspections and support for the main rescue boat.  Following an inspection and some maintenance, the “new to us” vessel will be put into service.


Water Safety Program Developed for Schools

RCMSAR 106 has developed its own water safety program for school students in grades two and three.  The program features Bobbie the Safety Boat and her Six Rules for Boating and Water Safety.  At the end students will learn how to choose the right size pfd and wear it properly.

Four schools in the District are participating in the program this year with the expectations the program will be available to all schools next year.  The four participating schools are Parkview elementary in Sicamous, North Canoe Elementary, South Broadview Elementary and Carlin Elementary~Middle School.

Accolades to the School District for supporting this program.

Kids Don’t Float Receives Funding

Our program to make loaner pfds available to kids at the most used public boat launches on the Shuswap has taken a major step forward with donations from Salmar Communicty Association, the Shuswap Community Foundation, Bayview Homes (Sicamous) and the Shuswap Watershed Council.  Kiosks for Canoe Beach in Salmon Arm, Sicamous Boat Launch and Shuswap Lake Provincial Park are currently under construction and expect to be operational before the summer.


This is a sample of the kiosks being constructed for Shuswap Lake.

Lifeboat Society AGM

On Wednesday evening, December 9th, the Shuswap Lifeboat Society held it’s annual general meeting.   The following is an overview of the meeting and election of the Board.

  1. President’s Report highlighted
    1. We now have “Status as Charitable Organization”
    2. Acquisition of Tolonen – while we have confirmation of the new to us vessel, we do not have a transfer date.
    3. Gaming grant for modifications to Tolonen has not been approved due to not having the vessel.
    4. WWW.RCMSAR106.CA is ready to go public.  Should be launched shortly.
    5. Community presentation to District of Sicamous, City of Salmon Arm and CSRD now complete.
  2. Financial Reports were reviewed
  3. Station Leader’s Report by Rob Sutherland highlighted the year’s data.
  4. Election of Board Members
    1. Bruce Weicker – President
    2. Al Poole
    3. Brett Ogino
    4. Kurt Mushmanski
    5. Pat Gau
    6. Appointment – Station Leader – Rob Sutherland
    7. Appointment – Treasurer – Heidi deWit

Many thanks to retiring Board members Chris Stone and Malcolm McLeod

Tolonen confirmed . . .

Tolonen, presently at RCMSAR 35

On a recent trip (October 3/4/5 – 15) Rob Sutherland and Bruce Weicker met with RCMSAR and Victoria Station folks to confirm that the Tolonen Fast Rescue Vessel will be transferred to Shuswap Station.  The timing is dependent upon funding for a new vessel for the Victoria Station.  We expect to hear about the funding status in November.  Preliminary surveys have been conducted for modifications of the Tolonen for service in the Shuswap.