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The HM Coastguard station in Lamlash threw open its doors over the Easter weekend, inviting visitors to learn more about the tasks, equipment and capabilities of the team and to provide further information about the organisation for potential new volunteers.
Joining station officer Fiona Laing was Dave Graham, senior coastal operations officer, and divisional commander Bill Speirs along with Coastguard rescue officers (CROs) from Tarbert and Inverary.
Visitors were able to have a look at the medical equipment that the team use and many tried their hand at CPR on the practice mannequin. Water suits, life vests and water rescue packs were available for visitors to have a look at and CROs were on hand to explain their uses.
Dave Graham spoke with visitors and talked them through search and rescue scenarios, showing them an incident room setup complete with maps, communication equipment and he discussed the standard operating procedures which they a follow.
Outside in the bright sunshine Tarbert CRO Jaimie Alexander demonstrated a safety harness and other rescue equipment that is used in the course of their work and using a fully set up rescue stretcher, demonstrated how rescues are undertaking in steep cliff scenarios and helicopter rescues.
Station officer Fiona Laing demonstrates CPR to young visitors who attended the Coastguard open day in Lamlash. 01_B17Coastguard01
At your service: hosting the open day were, l to r, Megan Fyfe, CRO, Bill Speirs, divisional commander, Anne Mikuia, CRO Inverary, Nick Cartwright, CRO Inverary, Anita Skeal, CRO Inverary, Jaimie Alexander, CRO Tarbert, Fiona Laing, Arran station officer, Dave Graham, senior coastal Operations officer. 01_B17Coastguard02
Tarbert CRO Jaimie Alexander demonstrates the use of a safety harness and a rescue stretcher. 01_B17Coastguard03