The Brighton Auxiliary Rescue Unit (BARU) is a registered federal charity and provincial not-for-profit organization dedicated to Saving Lives on the Water. Based out of the Bay Street Municipal Marina in Presqu’ile Bay, we have been saving lives and providing Search and Rescue services at no cost to anyone who requires assistance. In operation for over 11 years, we are entirely staffed by local volunteers and provide our services 24/7 throughout the boating season. Working with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and allied agencies including the Brighton Fire Department, 424 Squadron, OPP, Cobourg Coast Guard and Wellington Auxiliary Coast Guard, we provide on-the-water coverage to the offshore areas of the Municipality of Brighton, Township of Cramahe and portions of both the Municipality of Quinte West and Prince Edward County. In total, we provide search and rescue services covering over 1500 square kilometres including Lake Ontario from Colborne to the Murray Canal to the US border, Weller’s Bay and Presqu’ile Bay.
We have successfully purchased a new rescue boat with the support and generous donations from:
- Municipality of Brighton;
- John M. and Bernice Parrott Foundation;
- Rotary Club of Brighton;
- Lions Club of Brighton;
- Brian Todd Memorial Community Foundation;
- 100 Women Who Care Brighton;
- Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada;
- RBC Wealth Management;
- Pare’s Home Hardware; and
- Many generous individual donors.
The new rescue boat, a Firestorm 30, is a reconditioned fire-rescue boat designed for the lifesaving work we do in a variety of weather and marine conditions. This strategic purchase will enhance BARU’s capacity to provide these life-savings services and will ensure long-term continuity and emergency marine services for Brighton’s residents, tourists and water-users.
While the new rescue boat is more purpose-built than our previous pleasure craft, it requires a retrofit of various existing equipment, and purchase and installation of some new equipment to better suit an emergency marine operation’s use. Some of the equipment we require includes a life raft, outboard motor, jet intake clearing rakes and a trailer for the rescue boat. The cost to outfit the new rescue boat to our ideal use is approximately $62,000.
As part of our ongoing fundraising efforts, we are continuing with our Donate a Boat program. Donors are provided with a tax receipt and we sell their boat.
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