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CARNOUSTIE Coastguard is looking to recruit new members.

Do you have a sense of adventure? Do you want to help people in need? Can you spare a few hours a week for training and be available to answer emergency calls?

These are just a few of the questions you might want to ask yourself if you’re looking to find something rewarding to do in your spare time.

Can you be relied on? Can you work in a team? Are you flexible?

The Carnoustie Coastguard team is ready to respond to a variety of emergencies and is fully trained in rope rescue, water rescue and search coordination. They work very closely with their colleagues in Arbroath and St Andrews along with both the Arbroath and Broughty Ferry RNLI teams. Carnoustie have also recently taken part in the major incident exercise at Dundee Airport which consisted of an aircraft ditching into the river Tay.

The Coastguard is an important part of life in Carnoustie. Not only do they fulfil a vital life-saving role, but they also do a lot of work in the community too.

Perhaps the best known is their annual Bonfire Night fireworks display which attracts thousands of people every year. The team has voluntarily organised and run the display for generations and is a well known evening on the Carnoustie calendar.

There is also a strong social aspect to joining Carnoustie Coastguard, and they put a lot of effort into fostering a healthy team identity.

Carnoustie Coastguard is looking to recruit at least another five volunteers. You must be over 18 years of age, physically fit, and have good availability during the day or night.

Application packs are available by sending your name and address to carnoustie.coastguard@gmail.com.