VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - In response to recent media stories about changes to Canadian Coast Guard operations, including the announced closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base and consolidation of some marine communications services, the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary-Pacific (CCGA-P) wishes to clarify its role in the west coast marine safety system and acknowledge its ongoing support for the Canadian Coast Guard and its staff.
"We enjoy an excellent partnership with the men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard and know firsthand of their dedication and commitment to saving lives at sea," said Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary - Pacific President Randy Strandt. "Given their level of dedication to public service, we are sorry to hear about the impacts on our colleagues on the water and are saddened by any potential job losses they may face."
The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary - Pacific is a separate organization from the Canadian Coast Guard and is not a part of any level of government. It is a volunteer marine search and rescue service that works in close collaboration with the Coast Guard. Our members have served in this capacity for over 35 years.
"We were surprised to hear of the announcements and were not consulted, nor were we a part of any decision in this announcement. We do not know how these decisions will affect our operations. We continue to focus on our CCGA-P stations in 46 communities throughout B.C. Like the Canadian Coast Guard and its staff, our number-one priority is public safety. We look forward to continuing to work with our Coast Guard colleagues in providing a world-class search and rescue system."