FELIXSTOWE VOLUNTEER COAST PATROL RESCUE SERVICE
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION & SERVICE HISTORY
The county of Suffolk lie’s some 74 Km North - East of the Thames Estuary on the UK’s East Anglian Coast. It is an attractive and distinctive county with an extensive farmed landscape and relatively unspoilt ‘Heritage Coast’. Its coastline has some 115 Km of very exposed areas not including its many miles of navigable creeks estuaries and rivers bordering the North Sea. Its centre of regional excellence is the town and port of Ipswich established around 600 AD and having a long maritime history. 14 Km south east of Ipswich is the coastal resort of Felixstowe which is only 172 Km from mainland Europe. Felixstowe also hosts the UK’s premier port, which can handle fourteen of the world’s largest ocean going vessels at any one time. Over 7,000 vessels visit the Port of Felixstowe via the 84 Km of deep-water channels that make up the second busiest seaway in the UK, the Harwich Approaches.
The Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service (Guardian Rescue) was formed in 1997 the ‘International Year of the Seafarer’ to fill the void left in the areas marine safety cover by the sudden withdrawal of the Felixstowe Coastguard Patrol Boat. The services prime objectives are: To promote sea safety awareness through education, and to protect and preserve life at sea by the provision of a volunteer coast patrol rescue service within the surrounding areas, or wheresoever tasked by HM Coastguard.
Who are we? We are a group of likeminded volunteers whose aim is to ensure that our immediate area remains safe for both locals and visitors alike.
Our motto is “In Salutem Omnium, for the safety of all”
Since the first season of patrols the service has handled to date 2016, 1,195 incidents involving some 1,888 persons, 71 lives saved. The FVCPRS is a Marine Resource for the Suffolk Constabulary and the only volunteer organization in East Anglia to be licensed by the Cabinet Office. It works very closely with all the Emergency Services and maintains a ‘Suffolk Resilience’ Cat 1 Rapid Response Team on-call for tidal surge flood emergencies. Volunteers come from the community and include Professional Certified Mariners, Divers, HM Customs/UKBA, HM Coastguard Officers, Marine Engineers, RYA Instructors, Tradesmen, Businessmen/woman and semi-retired folk. All marine crew are MCAJRYA Coastal Powerboat, Sea-Survival, Radio-Comms, First-Aid/ Ofl~hore Medic qualified and Police Accredited.
The service has at its disposal, extensive rescue, and first-aid equipment including a Land Rover 4x4 Mobile Rescue Unit, mobile incident/first-aid tow van, and rescue equipment trailer with two small Inflatables with engines, one inflatable wheelchair evacuation sled. Most Emergency Flood Rescue assets are fitted with comms direct to coastguard or police.
“Volunteer” is a purpose built (new in service 2000) 6.3m Humber Ocean-Pm Rigid Inflatable Patrol Lifeboat having a crew of three and powered by two Suzuki 90 hp four-stroke engines giving her an economical and useful speed of 40 kts (45 mph). “Volunteer” has the latest GPS/Chart Plotter navigation system, 2 x lcom Marine Radios and a GMDSS AIS system and is licensed with the MCA to operate in Area Category 5: To sea within 20 miles from a nominated departure point in Rough Sea’s Gale Force 8
The service is a Registered Charity (No 1082443) and totally independent and who’s volunteers give their time freely. We are pleased to offer our services but, do rely solely on financial support from the public, and various organizations to both survive, and operate to an extremely high standard.
“SEA SAFE, BE SAFE”
SUFFOLK CC “SEARCH & RESCUE” AWARD WINNERS
IN SALUTEM OMNIUM - FOR THE
SAFETY OF ALL