Glossary of Terms

AMVER:
Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System
Aurora:
4 engine, maritime patrol aircraft, 407 Squadron, Comox BC.
Buffalo:
2 engine, fixed wing, SAR/transport aircraft, 442 Squadron, Comox BC.
CASARA:
Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (air equivalent of CGA)
CCG or CG:
Canadian Coast Guard
CF:
Canadian Forces
CGA:
Coast Guard Auxiliary (community based SAR volunteers)
CMCC:
Canadian Mission Control Centre, Trenton, ON (ELT coordination)
Cormorant:
3 engine, SAR helicopter, 442 Squadron Comox BC.
DFO:
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (which includes Coast Guard)
DND:
Department of National Defence
EHS:
Emergency Health Services (BC government)
ELT:
Emergency Locator Transmitter (aircraft distress beacon)
EPIRB:
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (boat distress beacon)
FRC:
Fast Response Craft (see RHIB)
FSS:
Flight Service Station
Helo:
Helicopter
Hercules:
4 engine, fixed wing SAR/transport aircraft, 435 Squadron, Winnipeg MN.
HMCS:
Her Majestys Canadian Ship (Navy vessel)
MCTS:
Marine Communications and Traffic Services
PEP:
Provincial Emergency Program
RCC:
(Victoria) Rescue Coordination Centre
RHIB:
Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat. Zodiac-type boats used by CGA and carried on larger CG vessels. 'Point Race 1' refers to the Pt Race's RHIB. (see also FRC)
SAR:
Search and Rescue
SARSAT:
Search and Rescue Satellite System
Sea King:
2 engine, Navy maritime helicopter, 443 Squadron, Pat Bay, BC.
USCG:
United States Coast Guard
VAC:
Comox MCTS
VAE:
Tofino MCTS
VAJ:
Prince Rupert MCTS
VAK:
Victoria MCTS
VAS:
Vancouver MCTS