How many volunteers does TOWARF have?
There are about 50 search and rescue crew members and administrative members currently working within TOWARF.
Will TOWARF assist in emergencies outside of the Oakville area?
Although our boundaries are between the St. Lawrence cement plant and the Shell pier, TOWARF
will respond anywhere in the west end of Lake Ontario at the direction of the Canadian Coast Guard and further if requested.
What experience do TOWARF members posses?
Members have basic Search and Rescue, Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate (Maritime), Pleasure Craft
Operator Card, Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Seamanship course, First Aid & CPR and outside courses from the Canadian
Power Squadron and Canadian Yachting Association. All courses are kept current.
How old do I have to be to join TOWARF?
individual must be 18 years of age to join TOWARF
TOWARF have "Air" in its name?
When TOWARF began in 1954 a number of 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
(temporarily replacing the CH-149 Cormorant) and the Lockheed CC-130 Hercules.