Coastguards seek new volunteer rescuers
Coastguards are searching for new volunteer rescuers to join their
Coastguard is responsible for Search and Rescue around the coast
of the UK, as well as at sea, and to respond to emergencies there
are around 400 Coastguard Rescue Teams placed strategically around
teams are made up from men and women from the local community
who volunteer their time to learn new skills and help those in
come from all walks of life. Among them are doctors, fishermen,
office managers, carpenters and driving instructors. Some are
experienced coastal users but this is not a necessity as full
training is provided.
are trained in lots of different rescue skills. Whilst all are
qualified in Water Rescue, Communications and First Aid, teams
may have additional skills such as Cliff Rescue and Mud Rescue
depending on their local coastline.
can be called out by the Coastguard Operations Centre for a variety
of reasons from searching for missing people or passing safety
advice to tourists to rescuing a person trapped in mud. Teamwork
is crucial during every incident and we often work alongside the
other emergency services during an emergency.
may occur at any time of the day or night, often in the worst
of weather. To be eligible, volunteers must be reasonably fit,
have a full UK driving licence, be aged 18 or over, live or work
within 20 minutes of the Rescue Station, and have good availability.
find out more about the role of volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officer
and find out how to apply please visit www.gov.uk/coastguard-volunteers
or email email@example.com. The deadline for applications is
Sunday 26th June 2016