Marine Rescue Port Stephens, Volunteers doing their jobs professionally

Unit Commander, Lee Uebergang; Training Officer, Brian Bibbing; Heather Perry-Connolly, Crew; Deputy Unit Commander, Neil Hansford; Ken Johnson, Skipper and Noel Corcoran, Crews on board PS31.  Photo by:  Square Shoe Photography
Unit Commander, Lee Uebergang; Training Officer, Brian Bibbing; Heather Perry-Connolly, Crew; Deputy Unit Commander, Neil Hansford; Ken Johnson, Skipper and Noel Corcoran, Crews on board PS31. Photo by: Square Shoe Photography

Marine rescue Port Stephens (MRPS) volunteers do their jobs professionally and save lives on the water.

With its sophisticated equipment and ideal location, Port Stephens LAC intend using this facility as an Emergency Operations Centre for emergencies and natural disasters in Port Stephens.

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The radio base is operated 24 hours per day, 365 days per year by qualified Watchkeepers and Marine Radio Operators.

It is an accredited Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (SARCC) and from 5pm to 9am the radio base receives community first responder calls from triple zero.

The dedicated and well trained group are looking for new volunteers. Irrespective of age or experience, there is something for everyone as not everyone has to be on the boats rescuing or searching.

Lee Uebergang of MRPS said, “We have ladies who run the gift shop, greenkeepers and those who are dedicated to keeping our museum running smoothly, plenty of opportunity for those wanting to volunteer.”

Members receive comprehensive training in work health safety, Long Range (radio) Operators Certificate of Proficiency, radio room operations and working in an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), first aid certificate and meteorology.

Rescue vessel crews undertake extensive additional training to equip them to operate search and rescue operations.

The Nelson Head Lighthouse Reserve is available for weddings and has beautiful views and an amazing location.

If you have been looking to volunteer somewhere, then why not Marine Rescue?

You will be assisting to provide the community with an essential service, receive recognised training, qualifications and experience.

“MRPS draws over 200 volunteers from the local area, providing 24/7 emergency service, we never close, and are funded by donations and grants from the Port Stephens community,” Neil Hansford of MRPS told News Of The Area.

For more information on volunteering or sponsorship, please contact Lee Uebergang,

Unit Commander on 0428 813 585 or email: [email protected]

And for wedding bookings, please contact, Wedding Coordinator, mobile 0491 135 102 or email: [email protected]

By Mandy ELLIS

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