Coastguard looks to recruit volunteers

Coastguard looks to recruit volunteers

by Tom Martin (June 2022)

HM Coastguard needs to recruit new volunteers for the Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team.

Coastguard Rescue Teams are made up entirely of specially trained and equipped volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to a wide range of emergency incidents, including people needing help in the water, mud rescue, rope rescue, medical emergencies, helicopter operations, missing person searches as well as many other core skills.

A spokesperson said: “We are one of the busiest Coastguard Rescue Teams in the country and can promise you'll be dealing with a wide variety of incidents, in all weather and all times of day.

“We'll teach you a huge amount of technical skills and advanced first aid procedures. You'll need to think quickly on your feet and work as part of a team in life or death situations.

“We need individuals who are willing, and able, to be on call as much as possible. Some team members only take a few hours a week off call when absolutely necessary.

“Officers can be called out in all-weather conditions and may have to work in hazardous situations as well as carry out physically demanding tasks.

“Coastguard Rescue Officers play a vital role in serving and supporting local communities in which they work and live, helping to keep people safe in coastal areas and also by working our emergency service colleagues and other partner agencies.”

Successful candidates must be available to attend training and assessment in Crosby between January 23-26 and March 20-24 next year.

If you would like to join the Coastguard Rescue Service as a volunteer, send a note of interest via e-mail to area15@mcga.gov.uk by Friday, July 22.

Include your name, age, current address and contact number. Please also specify that you wish to join Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team as other teams in the area are also recruiting. You will then be sent an application form.



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