Why not join the local Coastguard?

HM Coastguard
HM Coastguard

People living in coastal communities across Tayside are being asked if they want to make a difference and become Coastguard Rescue Officers.

The Montrose, Arbroath, Stonehaven and Carnoustie teams are currently looking for new recruits.

So far this year, the teams have collectively been involved in almost 200 incidents, ranging from capsized boats, cliff fallers to missing anglers and people cut off by the tide.

Her Majesty’s Coastguard is the emergency service responsible for coordinating maritime search and rescue in the UK.

One rescue resource often called into action at any time, day or night, is the Coastguard Rescue Teams. There are 347 of these teams in the UK, made up of more than 3,200 volunteers.

Susan Simpson, from the Arbroath Coastguard Rescue Team, said: “I am immensely proud to be a Coastguard Rescue Officer and during my two years in the service I have grown in confidence, not only for the job at hand but I have become a far more confident person in my private life too.

“My family and friends are also very proud of what I do and my daughter loves to tell anyone who will listen that ‘mummy helps people in danger’ which again fills me with pride.

“If you have ever thought about it, my advice is just do it. I am very passionate about what I do and being part of such a vital service to the community is a reward like no other.”

For more information, on the service, please email Ross Greenhill ross.greenhill@mcga.gov.uk or telephone 01674 672101.