VMR Bribie Overview
Who Are We?
VMR Bribie Island Incorporated is a volunteer organisation dedicated to:
- Promoting, fostering and supporting boating safety amongst members, and the boating public generally, by arranging training and education programs
- providing a rescue service, a rescue base and such equipment deemed necessary for the operation of the rescue service and the Association generally.
The sole reason for the existence of Volunteer Marine Rescue groups is the saving and preservation of life at sea. Any other work we do – towing of disabled vessels, transporting persons or assisting with boating events etc. – is a secondary service we provide to the public.
How Did We Evolve?
The unit arose from the Bribie Island Boating and Fishing Club, which in 1970 assumed responsibility for assisting mariners in distress. It became Bribie Island Air Sea Rescue in 1982 and changed its name to VMR Bribie Island Incorporated in March 1997.
Structure of VMR Bribie Island Incorporated
VMR Bribie Island is one of 25 squadrons affiliated with Volunteer Marine Rescue Queensland and operates under the umbrella of the State Emergency Service with some responsibilities to the Department of Transport. We liaise with the Water Police and major Search and Rescue (SAR) activities are generally controlled by the Search and Rescue Mission Co-ordinator (SARMC) who is a police officer. On occasions activities may be controlled by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, based in Canberra.
VMR Bribie Island active members are all volunteers and the organisation, in addition to receiving government funding, depends on community support and fundraising to meet its operational and training needs. Active members become SES members and are covered under the SES Insurance and Workcover scheme, while on duty. Primary emphasis is placed on safety, with safety of crew members and the public being the first priority in all we do.
How are we funded?
VMR Bribie Island receives subsidies from the Queensland Government, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Volunteer Marine Rescue Queensland and through the generosity of our sponsors and supporters. However, this is never enough and ongoing fundraising efforts by our members are necessary to ensure our continued operational capability.