NEW Kingscliff Coastguard flotilla commander John Purnell is hoping to raise the profile of the service in the community. Photo
NEW Kingscliff Coastguard flotilla commander John Purnell is hoping to raise the profile of the service in the community. Photo

New command for Coastguard



RAISING the profile of Kingscliff Coastguard will be one of the aims of new flotilla commander John Purnell, who took the helm of the organisation last month.

Commander Purnell, who has been a Coastguard volunteer for four years, said he was currently arranging a new executive committee.

"I'm excited about the challenge of leading the flotilla, and we'll be working to get more involved in the community to bring our profile up," he said.

"The Kingscliff Coastguard is the first in New South Wales to be a Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre (SARCC) and has been for two years now.

"This means we have extra qualifications, so in an emergency, the centre is used as a base for police and other rescue workers to run their operations from."

Commander Purnell said they were also looking for new members for the Coastguard.

"Our motto is Safety at Sea and we plan to keep our two vessels on the water to look after the boating fraternity," he said.

"And we're always in need of more members to do that, as well as members who can help us fundraise as we are not subsidised by the federal or state governments."

Commander Purnell said they planned to hold firstaid and radio courses in the training rooms in the near future.

"This Saturday we are holding a fundraising barbecue in Faulks Park from 8am to 2pm for Banana Queen entrant Jodie Picton," he said.

To find out more about volunteering with Kingscliff Coastguard, phone John on 0410 427 947.



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