Rescue recruiters target young guns

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian

Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Group members Jamie Jones and Damien Healy are encouraging people in the 20-40 age bracket to join the crew and lighten the older members’ load.

The Geraldton search and rescue group averages 50 marine rescue incidents a year, typically stretching between Dongara and Port Gregory.

Mr Healy’s team has many experienced volunteers and he said would be great to train younger members who would be able to take up more active roles.

“Lots of people in sea rescue have many years of experience and it would be really good to pass all their skills and knowledge on for succession planning,” he said.

“Sea rescue isn’t just for people who have retired and want to give something to the community.

“We would really like more people within the 20-40 age range to volunteer some of their time, particularly with radio operations and boat crew.

“Training is provided.

“It would (also) be great to have some new people to help with navigation and decking.”

Mr Jones, who was the 2017 recipient of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services award for youth achievement or contribution to youth development, said the beginning of rock lobster season next month would be a good time to sign up new volunteers.

People interested in becoming a marine rescue volunteer are encouraged to contact Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Group on 9964 3543.

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