HM Coastguard seeks volunteers

Who is HM Coastguard? 
HM Coastguard is the UK’s 999 maritime emergency service. It is responsible for initiating and coordinating search and rescue operations at sea and around our coast through its Coastguard Operations Centres.
 
To do this, Coastguard Operations Centres can call on a range of front-line search and rescue assets, which include Coastguard Rescue Teams. Coastguard Rescue Teams are located all around the UK coast, made up of volunteers from the local area who give their time to serve their local community.
 
All team members are trained in land search techniques and water safety and rescue, as well as first aid and communications amongst other skills. Depending on your local coastal environment, you could be given specialist training in rope rescue or mud rescue too. As a Coastguard Rescue Officer, you might also play an important part in educating children and adults on sea safety, and how they can ring 999 for the Coastguard if they get into trouble.
Coastguard Rescue Officers volunteer their time and skills when they are available to do so. When you join, you become part of a highly respected emergency response organisation which deals with thousands of incidents nationwide each year. 
 
Why be a Coastguard Rescue Officer? 
You will learn search and rescue skills necessary for your local area. You will gain valuable experience of team working, not only with your team-mates but with other emergency services, and learn leadership skills as you progress with the service too. 
 
You will build confidence, friendships and find it a rewarding experience: you will help save lives, make a difference and be doing 
something that really matters.
 
What teams are seeking new Coastguard Rescue Officers? (CROs)
• Montrose (Angus) facebook.com//HMCGAngusMearns
• Arbroath (Angus) facebook.com//HMCGAngusMearns
• Dundee (Dundee City) facebook.com//HMCoastguardDundee
 
Dundee will be a newly formed Coastguard rescue team located within the city and covering an area from Carnoustie to 
Perth.
 
Recruitment is open from 3rd January – 31st January, 2020. Application by email request: area3@mcga.gov.uk 
 
Key Points for anyone interested in volunteering.
• You need to be at least 18 years old.
• You must hold a full driving licence.
• Live or work within 10miles of one of the recruiting stations. 
• Be of good health and be able to pass a health check.
• Be able to leave early/ arrive late to your place of work if required.
 
Emergency callouts are unpredictable, so don’t expect there to be a routine pattern 
or frequency to when you are called to respond to an incident. They often happen at the most inconvenient times! 
 
There is further information about the Coastguard Rescue Service and the application process on our website: 
 
For Futher information contact can be made via facebook messenger to the relavant facebook page or area3@mcga.gov.uk

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