Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team seeking committed new recruits for local life-saving

PUBLISHED: 18:00 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:03 02 August 2018

Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team works closely with the RNLI, pictured here, coming to the aid of a capsized boat. Picture: Exmouth Coastguard

Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team works closely with the RNLI, pictured here, coming to the aid of a capsized boat. Picture: Exmouth Coastguard

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The search is on for new recruits to take on the demanding and sometimes hazardous role of an Exmouth coastguard rescue volunteer.

Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team is seeking two new volunteer rescue officers to help save more lives at sea, responding to a wide range of emergencies.

A spokesman for Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team said: “Being part of a Coastguard Rescue Team is a big commitment and requires regular attendance at training sessions and at emergency incidents.

“As a volunteer coastguard rescue officer, you may be called out at any time of the day or night, in all weather conditions, may have to work in hazardous situations and carry out physically demanding tasks.

“If this sounds like something you would be interested in then we want to hear from you. Full training and equipment is provided and no previous emergency service or maritime experience is required.”

Emergencies that volunteers might find themselves called out to include persons in the water, technical rope rescue incidents, mud rescue and vulnerable missing person searches.

Coastguard Rescue Teams also work closely with the RNLI and provide support to the other Emergency services, as a category one responder, under the Civil Contingencies act.

Applicants must be aged over 18 years, be reasonably fit and in good health, have a full UK driving licence and live within 10 minutes driving time of the Coastguard Rescue Station, in Concorde Road.

The service is particularly interested in candidates with good daytime availability during the course of the standard Monday to Friday working week. There is a mandatory health & fitness test and applicants will have to meet minimum eyesight and hearing requirements.

People who meet the criteria and are interested in applying can send a note of interest, via e-mail, with EXMOUTH CRT as the subject line to: Area10@mcga.gov.uk. The closing date for notes of interest is Friday, August 31. Applicants should include their name, age, address, contact number, employment status and information about themselves.

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