VMR Gladstone

Volunteer Marine Rescue Gladstone (VMRG) was originally formed in 1971 as the Port Curtis Air Sea Rescue Association. In 1983, it was renamed, after affiliating with the governing state body, Volunteer Marine Rescue Assn. Queensland Inc. (VMRAQ).     Annually, Volunteer Marine Rescue Gladstone is called to undertake an average of 120 rescue incidents, covering search and rescue, breakdowns, groundings, and medical evacuations.    Additionally, assistance is provided for the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race, Boyne Tannum Hookup, some Port Curtis Sailing Club races, and Awoonga Dam events.    The VMRG operational and administrative centre is situated in Flinders Parade Gladstone, adjacent to the main Auckland Creek boat ramp.     The squadron’s area of responsibility is generally from Cape Capricorn in the north to Bustard Head in the south, and seaward to reef islands, but limited to 50 nautical miles offshore. We liase with Volunteer Marine Rescue Round Hill in the south and Coast Guard Keppel Sands/Yeppoon in the north.The squadron is administered by a ten person management committee, six of whom are executive members.  The squadron currently has some 1300 financial members, approximately 125 of whom participate actively in administrative and rostered duties. Five rostered rescue boat crews are maintained, together with five rescue coordinators, and thirty rostered radio operators.  Active members are required to obtain a range of qualifications to complement safe Search and Rescue activities, and to maintain a high standard by regular training and assessment.  
Operational Information
 In cooperation with Gladstone Harbour Control, a 24 hour watch is effectively maintained on VHF Channels 16 and 82.    The squadron operates two rescue vessels :-  Gladstone 1, a 9.8 metre power catamaran, outboard powered, with inflatable tender, and commercially registered for offshore duties.  Mobil 2, a 5.5 metre aluminium mono hull, outboard powered, used primarily for sheltered water and harbour duties. 
Contact Details
Call Sign  VM 446
Phone  07 4972 3333
Fax  07 4972 3396
After Hours Emergency  
Location  Flinders Parade Gladstone
Postal Address  PO Box 979 Gladstone QLD 4680
E Mail gladstone@marinerescueqld.org.au
Radio Frequencies
VHF  16, 82, 80
27Mhz  88
MF / HF  2182, 2524, 4125
URL  http://www.vmrgladstone.org.au/