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Weekly Edition - Published 14 November 2015


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Coastguard Rescue Teams send out..."SOS" ... can you help?

EVERY day, along our coastline stretching from Formby to Preston, people make 999 calls to Her Majesty’s Coastguard. Could you be in one of the Coastguard Rescue Teams which help them? Whether it’s someone out of their depth in the sea or is stuck in the mud and unable to free themselves, it’s the Coastguard Rescue Team at Southport that will be on hand to help. As the emergency service responsible for coordinating maritime search and rescue in the UK, HM Coastguard needs volunteers for its rescue teams. Ordinary people doing an extraordinary job. Coastguard Rescue Teams can be called into action any time, day or night. There are 3,500 volunteers in 347 teams around the coast of the UK, but there are always vacancies. Coastguard Rescue Officers help search for and rescue people in difficulties, be it on cliffs, stuck in mud or in water and also missing people. They report and deal with pollution and other hazards and work with other emergency services and local authorities during major incidents.

Senior Coastal Operations Officer Christopher Smith said:- "If you live in a coastal community, you’ll know how vital the Coastguard Rescue Team is to the area. These are people who are prepared to react day or night; often in matters of life and death. What they do matters. And we need more people like them to join. Coastguard Rescue Officers are trained in first aid and a variety of technical rescue techniques, depending on their location. Aside from giving your time to a worthy cause, volunteering has a number of key benefits for your career too. It can help you stand out from the crowd and learn practical transferrable skills. If you’d like to join, we’ll ensure you have regular training, and all we ask in return is that you are within a few minutes of Southport, and available to respond at most times." 

So do you think you have it takes to be a member of the Coastguard? Have you got what it takes to conduct a search? To mount a rescue? To save lives? If you would like to find out more, please email the team before the 30 November 2015. Please use this link should you wish to apply!


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