Wednesday, 19 October 2016

We are volunteers

It's 00.40 and twelve households suddenly come to life - fire alarm , no it's the pager.

Lights turned on , shouts of "be quiet" as the twelve volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers try and get dressed whilst calling into the National Maritime Operations Centre.

"Full team call out for a search at Rockley Park Poole" We are told .

Overalls and boots on and run out the house trying to keep quiet.

Drive to the station to get further details and start the drive to meet the Police.

Thankfully on arrival at the station the team is stood down as the Police have located the female safe and well.

That is a daily occurrence for the 3000 plus volunteers in the 340 teams around the UK.

All the team members have their full time careers but when paged and available will respond to Coastguard incidents.

#always on call

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