Skegness and Chapel coastguard still looking for volunteers

THE Coastguard in the Skegness and Chapel St Leonards area is still on the lookout for volunteer rescue officers ahead of the summer season.

The role of the volunteer is to work as part of a team, made up of several members who are from the local community. They are from all walks of life.

The teams have volunteers who are teachers, mechanics, cooks, paramedics, printers, taxi drivers, builders etc.

“The role is voluntary, and we have teams in order to respond to calls of assistance from the public in order to keep our coastlines safe,” said a spokesperson.

“The teams respond to a wide range of maritime emergencies ranging from missing children, person reported to be in the water, working with other emergency services, ordnance washed ashore just to name a few,” they added.

The volunteers are expected to train for two hours per week, learning new skills such as first aid, map work, compass work, water rescue techniques, off road driving, on road driving, communications, weather and tides among other skills.

“The beauty of doing this is that the skills are transferable to your everyday job/place of work/home life,” continued the spokesperson.

“The role also involves a lot of work with the local community ranging from educational programs with children, talks to other organisations and groups.”

Volunteers have to be physically fit, aged between 18-65 and with a full driving licence.

For more information, email samantha.jessop@mcga.gov.uk or call 07730 812909.