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Coastguard Queenstown

today... Not enough space Our Coastguard Queenstown volunteers operate out of a storage area at the back of the Scout Den at Frankton, near where the Coastguard rescue vessel is launched from. This is latest in a long line of make-do solutions. Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations Base Currently protracted search and rescue operations are run from the Queenstown Police station where a makeshift Incident Room is set up in a the recreational area of the station that is then closed off from other areas. The Police operations room is used for every day operations however it is a restricted area containing confidential Police information and so not an ideal space to bring volunteers. Training At present our volunteers use the Scout Den for indoor training. The only time the large room is available for training is on a Monday night. Other evenings it is rightfully used by Scouts and Guides. Coastguard Queenstown has two crews and hopes to have a third in place by summer. That means they need a training space 3 nights a week. The large room has no IT facility. This means that Coastguard volunteers are unable to use their software that shows on-water rescue boat search patterns and facilitates planning for search operations. Instead they have an awkwardly placed fixed whiteboard and usually all cram around a laptop screen. There aren’t sufficient tables and chairs, the tables are too small for chart work and the lighting is poor. Secure Gear Storage At the back of the Scout Den there is not enough space to store bulky crew clothing and boots, crew grab bags and other equipment for the rescue boat or to dry wet weather gear. Also crammed into this space is a filing cabinet holding administration and training material. Fundraising and events items are poked in the corner. AND BOB! There is not enough room to hang him! (Please note Bob is a dummy used for search and rescue exercises)


Coastguard Queenstown
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