In­shore Res­cue Boat Pro­gram is one-of-a-kind sum­mer job

‘It’s a very se­ri­ous job, but one that comes with a lot of re­wards’

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARK SQUIBB SALTWIRE NET­WORK

How’s this for an awe­some sum­mer job?

The In­shore Res­cue Boat (IRB) Pro­gram, of­fered by the Cana­dian Coast Guard, hires stu­dents to fill sum­mer search and res­cue (SAR) po­si­tions around the coasts of New­found­land.

“It’s a very se­ri­ous job, but one that comes with a lot of re­wards,” ex­plained Owen Evans, an engi­neer­ing stu­dent from McMaster Univer­sity in Ontario. This is his fourth sum­mer work­ing for the IRB pro­gram.

“It’s an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity … this is one of the best things you can do in the sum­mer as a stu­dent.”

An­thony Con­dotta, who is a speech com­mu­ni­ca­tions and busi­ness stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Water­loo in Ontario, is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the IRB for the very first time this sum­mer. His love of first aid and SAR work led him to the pro­gram.

“I find all first-aid work re­ally re­ward­ing. You’re look­ing af­ter peo­ple, mak­ing sure they’re OK, and that’s some­thing you never re­ally ques­tion at the end of the day. You al­ways go home know­ing that you’ve done some­thing good,” he ex­plained.

“I would rec­om­mend you jump on board for the ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s been amaz­ing.”

But, be­fore de­cid­ing to jump on­board, you might want to Look at the cri­te­ria.

Any stu­dent wish­ing to ap­ply must hold a valid VHF Digital Se­lec­tive Call Re­stricted Mar­itime Ra­dio Op­er­a­tors Cer­tifi­cate, a Car­dio-Pul­monary Re­sus­ci­ta­tion (CPR) LEVEL C, a stan­dard first aid cer­tifi­cate, a plea­sure craft op­er­a­tor card, and, last but not least, a Cana­dian driver’s li­cense.

“It takes a bit of work to meet the cri­te­ria,” sum­ma­rized Stephen Shep­pard, SAR pre­pared­ness of­fi­cer and IRB pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor.

Stu­dents who do meet the cri­te­ria and are hired by the Cana­dian Coast Guard help aug­ment SAR op­er­a­tions dur­ing peak traf­fic sum­mer months, re­spond­ing mostly to in­shore plea­sure craft in­ci­dents. They are, how­ever, equipped to re­spond to calls in­clud­ing ves­sels up to 65 feet.

MARK SQUIBB/SALTWIRE NET­WORK

May 16 search and res­cue train­ing on Bon­av­ista Bay.

MARK SQUIBB/SALTWIRE NET­WORK

Stephen Shep­pard, SAR Pre­pared­ness Of­fi­cer and IRD pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor.

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