Coastguard calling for volunteer rescue officers in Angus and the Mearns

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HM Coastguard is calling for volunteer rescue officers in Angus and the Mearns coastal communities.

More than 3200 volunteers give up their time across the UK and the Montrose, Arbroath, Carnoustie and Stonehaven teams are now looking for new recruits.

These teams have been involved in almost 200 ‘shouts’ or incidents in the last year - ranging from capsized boats, cliff fallers to missing anglers and people cut off by the tide.

Coastguard area commander Ross Greenhill said: “Coastal communities are privileged to have these rescue teams, which form an integral part of society. They respond to callouts in all weathers and often at unsocial hours to assist people in distress.

“Coastguard Rescue Officers are trained in first aid and a variety of rescue techniques, from water, mud, rope and cliff rescues, to search methods and assisting with helicopter operations. 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, learn practical skills, and will look great on your CV. If you’d like to join, we’ll ensure you have regular training, and all we ask in return is that you are situated within 20 minutes of the coastguard station, and be available to respond at most times.”

Officers also spend time in schools and meeting the public.

There is a ‘Doors Open Day’ on August 15 from 12 noon to 4pm at Montrose Coastguard Station, Traill Drive.