Coast­guard’s call out

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

MOST or­gan­i­sa­tions don’t want to be known as a Dad’s Army, but the Port Dou­glas Coast­guard wants more of this de­mo­graphic to of­fer their ser­vices.

The call is go­ing out – if you have a lot of time on your hands, please of­fer it to the Coast­guard, who need peo­ple to be avail­able either for call outs as crew on a mis­sion, or sim­ply to man the ra­dio, if that’s what you’d like to do.

“We’ve no­ticed in the past two years we’re get­ting younger men want­ing to join, which is ter­rific, how­ever what we no­tice is when we have emer­gen­cies we have dif­fi­culty get­ting them to have time off work,” said Port Dou­glas com­man­der Juer­gen Starck.

“We also have our ra­dio room, which is state of the art, to­tally fit­ted out with equip­ment, and we are a lit­tle bit en­vi­ous of what Cairns does, which is to man the ra­dio all day, seven days a week.

“What they have is peo­ple who have ended or semiended their work­ing life, which gives them some­thing to do and a feel­ing of as­sist­ing or giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity, and I thought it’s some­thing we should look at as well.

“Hav­ing the ra­dio here, not manned, re­ally hurts me. We have a very high qual­ity set up,”Mr Starck said. “So we are ap­peal­ing to th­ese peo­ple who may have a lot of time to serve in a num­ber of ca­pac­i­ties.

“One is as­sist­ing us in emer­gences – we would train them to the level that is re­quired [Com­pe­tent Crew level], and for that only need peo­ple who are able bod­ied. They don’t need to be mariners or yachties, but to put to sea they need to be able to move freely on a mov­ing boat.

“Then, of course, there are peo­ple who may not be fit enough to go to sea but they can still do plenty of things around the base here, such as work in the ra­dio room.

“We can train them to be op­er­a­tors. We could run this on a 3 or 4 hour shift so peo­ple don’t have to be here all day.”

He said there are also oth­ers such as trades­peo­ple who can help main­tain the base.

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in help­ing the Coast­guard please phone 4099 5392.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Juer­gen Starck, com­man­der of the Port Dou­glas Coast­guard flotilla

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