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Training with the CLEVEDON FIRE BRIGADE.
High quality training was executed by the Coastguard Papakura and the Clevedon Fire brigade teams, entering a safe and calculated element of unknown?. Operating at night, and within the restricted channels was only the start of the exercise, and the overall evening. We launched our Rscue vessels from the Clevedon Cruising Club ramp and headed into our training area / exercise. Fighting a mock fire from onboard our vessels (Rescue 1 & 2) was something we have never considered before, and also managing the vessels dynamics with the rivers flowing current, and the impact of high powered fire hoses being operated by the fire brigade professionals. The exercise was very successful and both our teams gained valueable practicle training experience.
Coastguard Papakura is our unit, we value every crew and support member and their respected and very giving families for allowing our volunteers to perform their unpaid task of "Saving lives at Sea".
During the initial stages of joining our team, we will provide you great support, solid training, our knowledge, our experience, and our friendship. We will engage with you to ensure that every opportunity is available for you to achieve satisfaction, we will monitor your progress and hope that your expectations are met along the way.
Your second month with our team, we will know if our closely guarded philosophy for retention suits your attitude and personality. We will share with everyone our normally highly guarded and protected secret for retention... 
"You want to be here, Not have to be here"
Balancing your time for Coastguard is not recommended to be a successful volunteer!. Our unit is very succesful at retaining its members due to the positive environment and attitude. 
Coastguard is a team effort, Coastguard will not survive with lots of individuals, so we dont have any.
We make Coastguard rewarding and fun to be a part of, every week is different, every week we provide energy and excitment, every week you become part of our team and if you want to know more?..., you will need to join our team. We are seeking more ground support and operational members NOW. Call me now, Cedric 021 082 40658.
Family and paying your mortgage must take priority over everything else. We are very grateful for the time that they do commit to our organisation. We are part of a National organisation that provides WORLD CLASS search and rescue services unconditional. Our organisation provides the support and structure that allows our unit at ground level to do the business end. Just so their is no confusion! we are the UN-PAID PROFESSIONALS. We are all VOLUNTEERS at the coal face, so we want to maximise your experience by providing effective training and ongoing support so that you can learn and develop how to be an effective and safe Coastguard Search and Rescue crew member.
Our volunteers participate at three training nights a month for two and half hours to three hours each time.
Our base is at Wellington Park, Papakura.
(The South end of Takanini Straight, opposite Takanini Toyota dealership).
Our Coastguard environment is alcohol free, but, we do drink a lot of coffee.
(A coffee sponsor would be appreciated, but a sponsor for a replacement truck to tow our boat would be fantastic).
Duty crews start their shifts on Tuesday's from 1800hrs to 1800hrs the Tuesday following, we dont expect you to compromise your family or employment commitments to be available for call outs! We have regular crew members that can be available to attend during normal working hours or when you are unavailable. So, dont get caught up on something that hasnt happened yet. JOIN OUR TEAM NOW.
The on duty crew will normally go out on Tuesday evenings for practical training and participate with on water patrols in the weekends. Practical training and experience / stories and lots of stuff will be shared with you.
Everyone in our unit has a place, and a big part to play whether it be operational or as part of our ground / support crew.
We train hard and treat our role for "Saving Lives at sea" very seriously. We are proud of our national and local logo and what it means.
Our equipment is world class and fit for purpose, nothing we own is a want, all our equipment is necessary to maintain our commitment to our local community and neighbouring areas.
Our local board are very supportive of Coastguard, and they do provide great opportunities for us to engage within our community. We participate in most  Santa Parades, Papakura, Manurewa, Mangere Bridge and Pukekohe and Clevedon A&P shows, All school family days and, Fishing clubs, Ambury Farm day in Mangere, Jazz & Food festivals in Clevedon.
Our equipment and crew are available for any emergency situation. Our units ability to mobilise all our equipment to any location is very useful.
Our team is First aid trained and are very competent as we are typically the first on scene in most water incidents. 
We are proactively involved within our local Civil Defence team and other emergency services. We work closely with our local board, local Radio club, local Land SAR and other community groups to assist in any emergency situation.
Call me NOW if you would like to join our team.
Its not all work.
Cedric Charlton (President) - 021 082 40658
Rod Frost (Vice President) - 021 220 7779
The big waves are behind us, we are attempting to get away from them..

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Massive support...earns us over $11,000.00 in dontaions.