An actively involved spokesperson for Bude Coastguard has for alerted me to their current recruitment drive. If you want a rewarding role then it is worth thinking about.
If you’re feeling similarly inspired and interested, here’s the spec. Photos are by Tim Martindale who owns the copyright.
HM Coastguard are now recruiting for volunteer rescuers to join the Bude Coastguard Rescue Team. Bude CRT provides a regional Search and Rescue / Cliff Rescue capability for the UK Coastguard, and is part of a network of 400 Coastguard Rescue Teams strategically positioned around the coastline.
Volunteers come from all walks of life, and the team is made up of men and women from the local community. Amongst the Bude team are postmen, care workers, teachers and builders. Some are experienced coastal users, but this is not a necessity as full training is provided.
Volunteers will be required to respond to a variety of call outs, at any time of day or night, and often during inclement weather. Call outs can range from searching for missing persons, cliff rescues, safeguarding unexploded ordnance or providing a safe landing zone for rescue helicopters. Due to the nature of the job, Coastguard’s often work alongside other emergency services.
Volunteers will also be expected to attend training on a regular basis, as teamwork is integral to the functionality and safety of the team.
As well as learning a variety of core skills such as Water Rescue, Land Search and Rescue, Communications and Emergency First Aid, you will also be trained in full Cliff Rescue techniques.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be reasonably fit
- Have a full UK driving licence
- Be aged 18 or over
- Live or work within 20 minutes of the Rescue Station (located at Upton, Bude EX23 0LY)
- Have good availability
To find out more about the role of volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officer, and to apply, visit the website: