This week I was approached to supply some more history on the Coastguard and the role we carry out in the community.
I asked how urgent it was as there is a lot going on behind the scenes (not call outs!) - the end of April was the reply. Oh that may be tricky due to work as there is a large sailing event not too far away from here in July.
So you don't work full time for the Coastguard? - No like everyone at Swanage I'm a volunteer - I work full time for another service (uniforms similar different epaulets).
All Coastguard Rescue Officers are volunteers - we have full time jobs but when required, we respond to emergencies. There are full time Coastguard Officers but the rescues like Cliffs, Mud and Water are carried out by about 3000 volunteers all around the country.