Did you know that Town of Oakville Water Air Rescue Force (TOWARF) is located right at the lake (2 Navy Street) in the heart of our very own Downtown Oakville?
TOWARF Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is a marine search and rescue service that saves many lives year after year and has been protecting our waters since 1954. With their amazing team consisting of over 50 volunteers, they are trained to protect and serve the citizens of Oakville. We, as a downtown community, are so lucky to be able to home an organization such as TOWARF!
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TOWARF (Town of Oakville Water Air Rescue Force) is a Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit and provides marine search and rescue service with the primary goal of saving lives at risk in Western Lake Ontario.
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Started in 1954 by Oakville then Police Chief Fred Oliver in partnership with the local boating community, TOWARF has been patrolling the waters off Oakville ever since. With about 50 trained volunteers, TOWARF is on duty 32 hours a week and on call 24/7 to the Rescue Centre and Halton Regional Police Service during the boating season.
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TOWARF is a proud part of Canada’s Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) system. Marine Search and Rescue comprises the search for, and provision of aid to, persons, ships or other craft which are, or are feared to be, in distress or imminent danger on the water. Western Lake Ontario is served by a network of organizations that work together with the common goal of saving lives.
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TOWARF has been providing marine SAR services to the Oakville community since 1954, generations of Oakville residents have provided their time, commitment and passion for their community to make TOWARF the organization it is today. TOWARF is committed to maintaining the highest level of service possible to Oakville residents and boaters.
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When TOWARF began in 1954 several local pilots used their personal aircraft to assist in searches. Now the 424 (Tiger) Squadron from CFB Trenton provides airborne search and rescue in our area. To fulfill this role, 424 Squadron flies the CH-146 Griffon helicopter and the Lockheed CC-130 Hercules. Check out our page on the Marine SAR system for more information.
TOWARF is located at 2 Navy St, Oakville, ON. For more information, please visit their website.