HM Coastguard is recruiting volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers to join the team in Burnham-On-Sea.

Coastguard Rescue Teams are part of the main four emergency services and are made up entirely of specially trained and equipped volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to a wide range of emergency incidents.

These include Persons in the water; Rope rescue incidents; Mud rescue incidents and working closely with the hovercraft run by BARB Search & Rescue; Search and Rescue Helicopter Operations; Searches for lost and missing persons; Ordnance and Medical Evacuations.

“The role of a Coastguard means you may be called out at any time of the day or night in all weather conditions and may have to work in hazardous situations and carry out physically demanding tasks,” said a spokesman.

“If this sounds like something you would be interested in then we want to hear from you!”

“Full training and equipment is provided and no previous emergency service or maritime experience is required.”

“You are required to be over 18, hold a full UK drivers licence and live within a reasonable distance of the Station situated on the seafront.”

“You also need to be reasonably fit, in good health and will be required to take a health and fitness test.”

“You will be trained in the following foundation competency: Water Rescue; Casualty Care First Aid; Cliff Rescue Operations; Mud Rescue Operations; and Lost and Missing Persons Search. There is the opportunity to progress to Technician. All equipment and PPE will be supplied.”

“Being part of a Coastguard Rescue Team is a big commitment and requires regular attendance at training sessions every Wednesday 19:00 – 21:00 and at emergency incidents when tasked.”
“Good daytime availability during the course of the standard Monday to Friday working week is desirable but not essential.”

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in applying, send a note of interest via e-mail including your name, age, current address, contact number, current employment status and a bit of information about yourself to area12@mcga.gov.uk

If you require any additional information you can get in touch via the e-mail address above or please feel free to post any questions in the comments on our Facebook page @BurnhamCoastguard. Applications will close on 26th August 2019.