Part 80 of the FCC rules covers your rescue boat:rescuecomm said:If you are not carrying passengers for hire, and not leaving US waters, you do not need a Marine Radio License for VHF radios. I ran into this several years ago when the marine radio license for our rescue squad boat was nearing expiration. Since it is used on inland lakes about 250 miles from the sea, there was no need for one.
The purpose would be to communicate with OTHER boaters, not to coordinate the rescue operation.rescuecomm said:Interesting. I didn't know that was in the regulations. Anyway, in the 19 years that I have been associated with the County Emergency Management, I have not seen anything used but Public Safety freqs.