A new Coastguard Rescue Station was was opened in Scilly this week to help coastguards train more efficiently, improve response times and help them to work even more closely with the other emergency services.
Richard Williams, Senior Coastal Operations Officer who was on Scilly for the official opening on Tuesday evening said: “The new station is closer to the beaches and has a large training room which is really going to help us to train for the search, water and rope rescue work that we get involved with."
"As well as being the base for our St Mary’s team it will also be used as a hub for our other island teams in St Agnes, Tresco and St Martins. It’s a great resource for our island teams and the fact that it’s located so close to our colleagues in the other emergency services is the icing on the cake.”
The purpose-built station is based in the Porthmellon Industrial Estate in Hugh Town, next to the ambulance station and fire service and close to the lifeboat station. The new station comprises of a large garage, a training room, a crew room, a kitchen, shower, toilet and drying room; a far cry from the small garage and room in a bungalow which used to make up the team’s facilities.
The St Mary’s Coastguard Rescue Team has 12 members who are volunteers based within the local community. The team is often involved with assisting people who need to be evacuated to the mainland and is trained to search for missing people and to rescue people from the water and from the cliffs.
Richard Williams, Senior Coastal Operations Officer spoke to Will to tell us a bit more about the new station - listen below.