New recruits sought for HM Coastguard

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One of the emergency service’s most active resources is its 347 teams of coastguard rescue officers.

More than 3200 volunteers give up their time across the UK and the Arbroath, Carnoustie, Montrose and Stonehaven teams are now looking for new recruits.

These teams have been involved in almost 200 “shouts” or incidents in the last year — ranging from capsized boats, cliff fallers to missing anglers and people cut off by the tide.

Coastguard area commander Ross Greenhill said: “Coastal communities are privileged to have these rescue teams, which form an integral part of society. They respond to callouts in all weathers and often at unsocial hours to assist people in distress.

“Rescue Officers are trained in first aid and a variety of rescue techniques, from water, mud, rope and cliff rescues, to search methods and assisting with helicopter operations.

“If you’d like to join, we’ll ensure you have regular training, and all we ask in return is that you are situated within 20 minutes of the coastguard station, and be available to respond at most times.”

As part of their recruitment drive HM Coastguard are having a “Doors Open Day” across the area.

This is not only for potential volunteers to meet the teams, see the equipment and get a first-hand appreciation for what it is like to be a Coastguard Rescuer Officer, but also for family to pop past and let the kids find out about water safety, dangers of coastline and what to do in an emergency.

The event takes place over the weekend of August 15/16, between noon – 4pm. Saturday 15, Arbroath Coastguard Team, Seafest Arbroath. Sunday 16, Carnoustie Coastguard Station, Admiral Street, Carnoustie. For further information contact Mr Greenhill at Area3@mcga.gov.uk