Meet the emer­gency team

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‘‘It’s ac­tu­ally nice to meet peo­ple when it’s not an emer­gency,’’ says David St John.

The Coast­guard vol­un­teer of the year is look­ing for­ward to Sun­day’s Emer­gency Ser­vices Open Day in Pic­ton.

At­tend­ing the event will be Coast­guard Marl­bor­ough, St John’s, lo­cal fire crews and Marl­bor­ough Har­bour­mas­ter Luke Gro­gan.

David St John said there was a lot the emer­gency ser­vices did for the com­mu­nity that peo­ple didn’t know about.

‘‘This is the time for us to an­swer those ques­tions and ex­plain what we do,’’ St John said.

‘‘It’s ac­tu­ally nice to meet peo­ple when it’s not an emer­gency be­cause you can ac­tu­ally stop and chat with them.’’

The Coast­guard would this year be pro­mot­ing their marine train­ing pro­grammes, in­clud­ing the new one-day boat­ing course that had al­ready pro­vided close to 2000 qual­i­fi­ca­tions this year alone.

The Marl­bor­ough Har­bour­mas­ter would be an­swer­ing ques­tions about the pro­posed Marl­bor­ough Dis­trict Coun­cil marine by­laws.

But the event was more about main­tain­ing a con­nec­tion be­tween the com­mu­nity and the emer­gency ser­vices, St John said. Both res­cue boats would be there for peo­ple to look at, as well as a fire truck and the St John’s am­bu­lance sta­tion would be open to the pub­lic.

And for chil­dren, the In­flat­able Titanic would be mak­ing a berth.

‘‘We’ve al­ways wanted the bouncy Titanic, and that’s what we will be get­ting.’’

Coast­guard Marl­bor­ough was also ask­ing the pub­lic to bring any old car bat­ter­ies.

‘‘One of the ways we raise funds is we col­lect old car bat­ter­ies, so if any­one has an old car bat­tery they want to get rid of, bring it down and we’ll take it off your hands,’’ St John said.

‘‘Ev­ery­body from all ages is en­cour­aged to come down and have a chat with us. See what we do. We are al­ways look­ing for keen vol­un­teers. We pro­vide full train­ing for any­one in­ter­ested in be­ing in­volved in the Coast­guard and St John.’’

There would be also in­for­ma­tion on Coast­guard boat­ing ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses, emer­gency ser­vices train­ing, and wa­ter safety.

The open day is on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15, from 10am to 2pm at the Ol­gilvie-Lee Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre, 1 Ham­p­den St, Pic­ton Ma­rina

PHOTO: DAVID JAMES/ STUFF

Holly War­ing-Jones demon­strates re­cov­er­ing from a cap­size with the Queen Char­lotte Yacht Club.

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