New coastguard team looks for volunteers

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Scarborough’s HM Coastguard Rescue Team has a new station officer and two new deputies - and they’re looking for volunteers to join them.

Station officer Mark Jenkinson and deputies Tony Dyer and Carl Robinson are appealing for people to come forward to train as Coastguard Rescue Officers.

Mr Dyer explained: “The coastguard has teams of volunteers around the coast from all walks of life who are called out when necessary to perform search and rescue tasks.

“There are 362 such teams around the UK, involving 3,500 volunteers. I am proud to say I am a member of the Scarborough Coastguard Rescue Team, which has a compliment of twelve personnel.

“We are permanently on call to respond to any emergency on or near the coast.

“The types of incident that we get involved in are searches for missing people, those cut off by incoming tide, fallers on the cliffs, mud rescues, those threatening suicide, water rescue, inshore surveillance and intelligence gathering, response to pollution, assisting the other emergency services, dealing with hazards such as unexploded ordinance washed ashore and act as ‘Receiver of Wreck’ for vessels which have been towed in by lifeboat or other vessel.

“This list is not exhaustive, and we can be tasked to any incident, inland as well as on the coast, where it is thought that our presence would be useful.”

As a Coastguard Rescue Officer, you will be expected to attend regular training sessions to achieve and maintain competence in a number of different skills such as cliff rescue, water rescue, land search management and first aid.

Some of the training is paid time, but some of it is on a voluntary basis. It is a requirement that you attend the voluntary training as well as the paid training.

No form of prior experience is necessary, although working within a team environment would be a distinct advantage. You will be provided with a uniform, and all the necessary personal protective equipment free of charge.

To find out more, please call Tony Dyer on 07771 677107.