Rescue service seeks volunteers

Just Regional
Aug 14, 2023 2 mins read

Sheringham Coastguard Rescue Team is looking for new members to help make sure everyone is kept safe on our coast and beaches.

Made up of volunteers, the team is one of 350 similar groups around the UK coastline, all of whom give their time to respond to emergencies.

Incidents they have been called out to include medical emergencies, unexploded ordnance, dogs trapped on cliffs and searches for missing people.

The role takes commitment and flexibility as the team is on call 24/7 all year round but full and ongoing training is provided and you can say when you are available to be called on.

Allison joined the Sheringham team in 2022 and said: “Since volunteering as a coastguard rescue officer I’ve qualified as a first-aider and as a search technician. But it’s the stuff I’ve learned from my team and when called out to an incident that has taught me the most and which can be really exciting.

“The training we do as a team is fun and inspires confidence in us to deal with the unexpected.”

Teams are made up of people from all backgrounds and experiences but they all have one thing in common – they have each other’s backs.

If you live in Sheringham or nearby, station officer Chris Shortis would love to hear from you. “Get in touch, and we can have a chat about one of the most rewarding things you can do,” he said.

There will be an open weekend on September 9 and 10 at Sheringham Fire Station when you can find out more and meet some of the team.

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