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 Our Kit

In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard

This pages shows the kit of the Ventnor Coastguard team. As we have a lot of equipment we have broken it down into the main categories, so it is easier to see. Click on a category that you are interested in to view what we have.


Kit of a Coastguard Rescue Officer

The kit that a Coastguard Rescue Officer has to carry is shown below with a description to what each piece is used for. 

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One of Ventnor Coastguards Pagers One of Ventnor Coastguards Handheld Radios Overalls

This is a pager that every team member has to carry with them. It works on VHF Channel 0 and they were issued at the end of 2007. We are pleased with them as they seem to be working well and you can monitor the main Coastguard working channel (VHF 0) to hear what is going on, which can be very useful.

 

This is a handheld VHF radio that every team member has. These are used to communicate amongst other team members whilst on training/calls etc. They can be used to talk to our Ops Room at Solent and any other person that is communicating on a VHF radio, e.g. Lifeboats and Helicopters.

 

 

These are overalls that every

Coastguard Rescue Officer is

provided with. They have reflective strips

down the side with HM Coastguard

Search and Rescue written on the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacket Salapets Boots

This is one of the teams jackets that every member has. It has two layers so that the 'body warmer' inner part can be worn in the summer. HM Coastguard Search and Rescue is written on the reverse.

These are salapets that each team member is issued with. They can be worn on the cliff or when doing search and rescue work.  

 

These are a pair of our boots that

every Coastguard member  has. They

have to be worn when we are training

and on calls and can be used for cliff

and search and rescue work.

 

 

Safety Glasses Helmet Maglite
These are the new safety glasses that every team member has. They are to be worn when out on calls and whilst doing training.

 

This is one of our helmets that every Coastguard member has. They have to be worn when we are training and on calls, from cliff work, search and rescue to Helicopter landing sites.

This is one of 'Maglite's' that is issued

to every team member. They are

provided mainly for our own safety

when on a cliff or doing search and

rescue work.

 

 

Belt Gloves  
This is a belt that every Coastguard member has. These are useful for both cliff and search and rescue work as our radio, maglite etc can be fitted here to leave our hands free. These are new gloves that have been issued to the team. They are used by the cliff man and anyone who is pulling the lines through the winch etc.  

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Vehicle and Trailer

Details of our current vehicle and trailer are shown below.

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Ventnor Mobile Inside our vehicle Inside the back of Ventnor Mobile

This is our current MRU which is a Nissan Navara Crew Cab - HF57 HRJ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is inside our vehicle. We now have 5 seats compared to our old vehicle which only had two due to rear ones being folded down to make room for our kit. All of the equipment now fits in the back which is a lot better as more team members can be in the vehicle on a call, rather than taking more of our cars. It will also be used for carrying casualties if required. This vehicle is brand new and up to date. We have a new radio, sophisticated blue lights and sirens, Bluetooth connectivity through the stereo and climate control. It is also 4 wheel drive.

Inside the back of our vehicle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Controls for the blue lights and sirens Our Trailer  
These are the controls that we use to activate the blue lights and sirens.

 

 

 

 

 

This is the trailer that we use.

However, since our new vehicle arrived in April 2008 all of our cliff rescue equipment fits in the back of that. The trailer is now used solely for carrying our mud rescue equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cliff Gear

The cliff gear that the team has to use is shown below with a description to what each piece is used for.

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Cliff Stretcher Basket Stretcher Winch
This is our rigid cliff stretcher which is used for recovering casualties who are unable to get back up the cliff themselves. Two cliff men will go down the cliff to recover the casualty. It folds in half and has a bag for easy storage in the back of our vehicle. This is our basket stretcher which is used mainly for evacuating casualties when they are not in danger on the cliff, e.g. beach rescue extraction. It is secured onto the roof our vehicle for transporting and is the same one that is used on the Coastguard Helicopters.

This is the petrol winch that is used

whilst on cliff jobs. Under the new cliff

procedures it is purely a hauling device.

It has two drums, one for the main line

and one for the safety line. It has a red

button on the top to stop it quickly. It

is secured by stakes driven into the

ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

250m line

We are now using new harnesses. Pictures to follow soon.

We are now using new harnesses.

Pictures to follow soon.

This is one of bags of 250m line that we carry in our vehicle. In all, we have two bags of line, one being blue and one red in colour. One is used as the main line and the other is used for the safety line.

This is one of cliff harnesses that is carried in the vehicle.

 

 

This is one of the harnesses that is

used for cliff top safety. You can lean

out on the cliff yourself to make sure that

the cliff man is ok and report back to the

rest of the team who are in control of the

lines and the winch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scotchman Stake Lights
This is called a Scotchman which is used to put over the edge of the cliff. It is secured by stakes around the tripod. The cliff man will use this to get grip when lowering or ascending on the cliff. This is one of our stakes that is used on the cliff top. They are used for securing the winch/lines and to secure the cliff top safety man. Some are carried in our vehicle, whilst another quantity are carried in the trailer.

These are the lights that are used to

provide lighting on the cliff top for the

team. They are secured by strong

magnets on the metal plate at the top

and are powered by our petrol

generator.

 

Generator Tripod Lights
This is the petrol Generator that is used to power our lighting.

 

 

 

 

This is the tripod that is used when we are cliff training or have an incident. As you can see, one of the lines is attached to the top and it goes through a pulley to make it easier for the cliff man, so they are not being pulled into the cliff. The two Coastguards by the tripod are the cliff top safety who keep an eye on the cliff man and relay messages between the cliff man and the rest of the team operating the winch and lines. The tripod is no longer in service and has been replaced by a quadpod. A picture of this will follow soon.

These are additional lights that are

used on the top of the cliff. These are,

again powered by our petrol Generator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karabiner    
This is one of our many Karabiners that is used for clipping on the cliff man, cliff top safety men when we are training or on a call. As the red mark is showing near the catch, this means that it is unlocked and will need to be screwed tight before it can be used.      

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Search and Rescue

The search and rescue equipment that the team uses is shown below with a description to what each piece is used for.

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Search Bag First Aid Kits Torch
When the team have a call to search for a missing person, we use these bags. They are used to carry flares, a map, compass, note paper and a blanket. These are the First Aid kits that we use. The one on the left is used for search and rescue calls whilst the one on the right is used by the cliff man attending to a casualty on the cliff.

This is one of our torches that is used

primarily for search and rescue but is

also used by the cliff man.

 

 

Life Jacket    
This is one of our Life Jackets that is used mainly for search and rescue when we are on the rocks searching for people, as well as animals.    

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Mud Rescue

The Ventnor Coastguard Team is the principal mud rescue team for the Isle of Wight. Pictures of our mud rescue equipment will be displayed soon.

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Communications

The communications that the team uses is shown below with a description detailing what each piece of equipment is used for.

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St. Boniface remote site radio's The VHF Radio in our vehicle One of Ventnor Coastguards Handheld Radios  

This is the radio that is stationed at our remote site on St. Boniface Downs. It is used when our Ops Room are non operational. Two of us will usually man it at a time in 3 hour shifts. There are 4 radios altogether, monitoring channel 16 which is the distress channel, channel 0 which is the Coastguard main working channel and two radios set to monitor channel 67 which is the secondary Coastguard channel. DSC can be monitored here as well.

This is the VHF radio that is permanently fixed in our vehicle. We use this to talk to our Ops Room on

channel 0, 67 and listen to distress calls on channel 16. 
We also talk to the Helicopters and Lifeboats using the radio.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a handheld VHF radio that every team member has. These are used to communicate amongst other team members whilst on training/calls etc. They can be used to talk to our Ops Room at Solent and any other person that is communicating on a VHF radio, e.g. Lifeboats and Helicopters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of Ventnor Coastguards Pagers      
Pagers are used to communicate. When there is an incident, our Ops Room (Solent) will page us. As these work on VHF Channel 0, we can monitor this channel but cannot transmit.      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flares

We carry Flares for different situations. The ones that we use are shown below with a description.

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Single White Star Parachute Flare Orange Smoke  
This is a Single White Star which is used by the team members if our radio or mobile phones fail. The other team members will then know that other team members need some assistance.

 

This is a Parachute Flare which is used for illuminating an area to identify a target that the team is looking for.

 

 

This is Orange Smoke which is used for a Helicopter Landing Site. The Helicopter will then follow the trail of the smoke to the area to which it will land. The team will make sure that the area is suitable for the Helicopter and relay the information about the site, along with weather conditions to the flight crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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