The Sambro has two crews of four, so she can be ready at all times. Her crews are housed in the Sambro Search and Rescue Station. They are expected to proceed to sea within 30 minutes of being tasked to proceed on a rescue.
On March 21 2001 Sambro, CCGC Earl Grey, CFAV Firebird, HMCS Moncton, HMCS Goose Bay, CCGS Sir William Alexander and the commercial ocean going salvage tug Ryan Leet tried to render assistance to the container ship Kitano. The Kitano's cargo had caught fire when the vessel was in force 8 to force 10 winds. None of the vessels were able to render assistance.
- New home for Coast Guard rescue crews in Sambro, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 2005-09-25. Retrieved on 2008-02-13. “On-duty personnel must always be close to the lifeboat because they are on standby, with a response time of 30 minutes from the time they are "tasked" by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Halifax until they leave the dock.”
- Marine Investigation Report, Container Fire, Container Vessel Kitano, Off Chebucto Head, Nova Scotia, 22 March 2001, Transportation Safety Board of Canada, 2003-01-28. Retrieved on 2008-02-13. “The three SAR aircraft were forced to return to their base to await improved weather conditions, the CFAV Firebird could only proceed as far as Maughers Beach while the CCGS Earl Grey and the CCGC Sambro were forced to heave to and monitor the situation.”
- Marine Investigation Report, Container Fire, Container Vessel Kitano, Off Chebucto Head, Nova Scotia, 22 March 2001: Summary, Transportation Safety Board of Canada, 2003-01-28. Retrieved on 2008-02-13. “The wind and sea conditions stopped the fire tug CFAV Firebird from proceeding beyond the middle harbour and prevented the other surface SAR vessels from getting alongside the vessel for any length of time to assist.”