...with your help A suitable space Coastguard Queenstown’s 19 active volunteer crew have been making-do since the Unit formed in 2007. Over those six years local Coastguard volunteers have given 16,829 hours of service to our community. They have rescued 139 people and brought them safely home to their loved ones. It is now time for our community to support these dedicated volunteers by helping them build a modest but practical space to work from. The proposed building will house storage and workshop space downstairs and an operations room and administration area upstairs. The operations room will also be used for both volunteer and public training. Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations Base The new facility will include fit-for-purpose operations room that will be set up with radio and computer equipment to support search and rescue operations including aircraft down on water. During an incident the Police could manage the operation from this purpose designed space utilising technology to monitor the search and rescue vessel, plot and plan search areas, and communicate with all volunteers involved in the operation. Coastguard volunteers would also use this equipment when responding to calls for help from members of the public. Training The operations room would also be used for Coastguard volunteer training, here volunteers would have the opportunity to create search and rescue exercises using the equipment that would be used in a real emergency as well as regular Coastguard training modules. The space would also be used to deliver public safe boating education classes. Secure Gear Storage Downstairs is a gear storage area. Here all Coastguard search and rescue equipment would be housed including the wet weather gear used by volunteers. There will be space for wet mullion suits to be dried and stored ready for the next time they are needed. Downstairs is a gear storage area. Here all Coastguard search and rescue equipment would be housed including the wet weather gear used by volunteers. There will be space for wet mullion suits and boots to be dried and stored ready for the next time they are needed, plus towels, blankets and so on used on the boat in training or SAR. There will also be space for volunteer crew to store their clothing while out on the boat.
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