The former commander of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station says he is certain their team could have responded to the English Bay oil spill on time.
A frustrated Fred Moxey says contrary to what the Canadian Coast Guard is saying, staff at the Kitsilano station were trained to respond to oil spills, and that the station was properly equipped.
“And I don’t get it I don’t understand why it’s not open. Kitsilano station was a multi-tasked station, search and rescue, including environmental oil response.”
“We’d be on scene in less than ten minutes. We had a vessel that was designed for first responding on an oil spill. Once they were on scene, they would deploy all the boom, they could easily do that within an hour.”
Former Kits Coast Guard employee Tony Toxopeus agreed.
“There was a dedicated 41 foot rescue utility boat there was oil and pollution response equipment as well as personnel who were all trained in oil spill techniques. There was a dedicated oil response vessel there, it had all the equipment needed to respond to this spill.”
Both men are calling out the Federal Government to re-open the base.